COVID-19 in Canada: Canadian Screen Awards cancelled, Riverdale production suspended in Vancouver

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      As health concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic impact numerous industries and have resulted in the cancellation of numerous events, Canada’s film and TV industries are also being affected.

      The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced today (March 12) that all Canadian Screen Week activities in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      The cancellations include the national broadcast gala of the Canadian Screen Awards, which were scheduled for March 29.

      “Following a thorough review of Canadian Screen Week events and an assessment of the potential risk to our attendees, we feel this is the only responsible decision at this time,” the academy stated.

      However, the academy added that they remain committed to celebrating this year’s award nominees and honourees and that an update will be provided in a few weeks.

      Meanwhile in Metro Vancouver, the production of the hit Netflix series Riverdale has been suspended after an individual on set was discovered to have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

      Warner Brothers issued a statement that explained that a “team member” had been exposed to someone with a positive diagnosis for the virus and that the individual in question is undergoing a medical evaluation.

      The individual’s identity has not been revealed.

      Riverdale, with a production office based in Langley, was filming Season 4, which began shooting on July 8, 2019, and had been scheduled to continue until April 4.

      B.C. has 46 confirmed cases while Canada has a total of 122.

      The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11.


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