Riverdale production goes on hiatus amidst COVID-19 scare

Season four of CW’s ‘Riverdale‘ has hit a roadblock as production in Vancouver has been halted due to a potential Coronavirus (COVID-19) scare. Reportedly, a team member came into contact with a person who tested positive for the disease.

The show is a darker take on the lives of characters from Archie Comics and first premiered in 2017. The series was in process of shooting the 20th episode out of 22 for the fourth season when production stopped.


A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Television had this to say:

We have been made aware that a team member from ‘Riverdale,’ which is produced in Vancouver, was recently in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The team member is currently receiving medical evaluation.

They further commented on steps being taken to ensure the safety of everyone who may have come into contact with their team member and all those involved with the production of this highly popular series:

We are working closely with the appropriate authorities and health agencies in Vancouver to identify and contact all individuals who may have come into direct contact with our team member. The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews is always our top priority. We have and will continue to take precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world. Out of an abundance of caution, production on ‘Riverdale’ is currently suspended.

The novel Coronavirus has been officially declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation with over 1,18,000 cases in 114 countries. It has resulted in 4,300 deaths so far with the number of infected people rising by the day.

A positive side of this news is that over 68,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

As Riverdale waits to get back on track, you can watch the first three seasons and 16 episodes of season 4 on Netflix.

Meanwhile, check out the trailer for the fourth season as you tuck yourself in bed:

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