“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” stopped filming after a member of the production team tested positive for COVID-19.
A source close to the production tells Variety that the temporary closure will last two weeks, as a precautionary measure. Bravo declined to comment on the matter.
“As part of the regular” RHOA “testing protocol, an individual from the” RHOA “manufacturing was confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19,” says a source, adding that “the set follows strict COVID-19 security protocols, including contract traceability. “
“For an abundance of caution, production stops for two weeks,” says the production source Variety.
The reality show was currently in the middle of filming its thirteenth season, starring Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Porsha Williams and Drew Sidora.
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” is one of many productions that have been temporarily shut down on television and film, due to positive COVID-19 cases on sets, as Hollywood is starting to return to work.
In recent weeks, Netflix stopped production on the second season of “The Witcher” when four crew members tested positive for COVID-19; Olivia Wilde’s upcoming “Don’t Worry Darling” has stopped production due to a positive case; and ABC’s “The Rookie” suffered from five production members testing positive for coronavirus, but continued filming after a “deep clean” of the set. Major films, including the upcoming “Jurassic World” and Robert Pattinson’s “The Batman,” had to stop filming after members of the cast or crew tested positive for the virus, but both resumed production.
However, on-site permits in Los Angeles increased 24% in October, compared to September, as the industry made efforts to restart.
Coronavirus is on the rise with many states seeing spikes and politicians shutting down businesses in cities across the nation again. On Friday, more than 132,700 new cases were reported in the United States, breaking the daily case record for the third consecutive day.