50 crew members are positive for COVID after being tested on the ‘Star TrekPicard’ set

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“Star Trek: Picard”After more than 50 crew members tested positive to COVID-19, production was halted.

According to sources, work on the Patrick Stewart drama was stopped Monday after the holiday hiatus.

The shockingly high number reveals how the Omicron surge affected the film- and television industry, as well as other industries.

The show has more than 450 employees. Both crew members and cast members who were working together without distancing, or using PPE have been positive.

According to insiders, filming was underway “expected to resume early next week, if not sooner, though details remain in limbo.”

“Star Trek: Picard” shoots in in Los Angeles and was recently renewed for a third season on Paramount+. Season 2 of the show is currently in production.

Deadline reports that Stewart, 81 years old, was not infected. Stars Alison Pill and Isa Briones, Evan Evagora and Michelle Hurd are also included in the cast.

Production was recently stopped on other CBS shows, such as “NCIS” “NCIS: LA.”The Omicron surge also caused the Grammy Awards and Critics Choice Awards to be delayed.

In a statement, the Recording Academy stated that they were pleased to have been included in the Grammys’ announcement earlier this week. “After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th Annual Grammy Awards Show.”

Sources informed the Hollywood Reporter that filming has begun “expected to resume early next week, if not sooner.”CBS

“The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience, and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority,”The statement was repeated. “Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on Jan. 31 simply contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night on a future date, which will be announced soon.”

Utah’s Sundance Film Festival has also canceled its in-person segment and will be holding a virtual show from Jan. 20 to 30 instead.

“While it is a deep loss to not have the in-person experience in Utah, we do not believe it is safe nor feasible to gather thousands of artists, audiences, employees, volunteers and partners from around the world for an 11-day festival while overwhelmed communities are already struggling to provide essential services,”Sundance reps have recently stated.

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