The Entertainment Industry & COVID


Maddie Anzevino, Staff Writer

The coronavirus outbreak is doing more than merely disrupting the health of millions of people ubiquitously; the entertainment industry is, also, enduring the repercussions of the virus. 

An unprecedented surge in coronavirus deaths and infections has compelled numerous outlets of entertainment sources to detain their return to production. Consequently, this halted many of our best-loved films, TV shows, and movies. 

This infectious virus has immobilized much of Hollywood, where an abundance of our production derives from. Amid the pandemic, the rising health concerns about the spread of the virus are making it unattainable to safely convene copious amounts of people in the Hollywood studios.  

While in the midst of an international outbreak, a number of Hollywood guilds and labor unions have been driven to endorse that the in-person production of movies, shows, and films be temporarily put on hold. As coronavirus cases continue to regress, “More and more patients are dying in ambulances waiting for treatment because hospital emergency rooms are overwhelmed. This is not a safe environment for in-person production right now” (Carteris-President of SAG-AFTRA). Unequivocally, Cartis accentuates the unsafe atmosphere of in-person production as a plea to keep our entertainment industry safe. 

With that being said as to why the entertainment industry is on halt, let’s devote our attention onto the films in particular that have been terminated or postponed. 

Some examples of suspended popular output include: 

  • America’s Got Talent
  • American Housewife 
  • The Bachelor & The Bachelorette
  • Grey’s Anatomy 
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  •  Riverdale
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Stranger Things 
  • Family Feud
  • The Ellen Degeneres Show
  • Dr. Phil 

Evidently, the deprivation of available entertainment prompted change by Hollywood. After months of little to no entertainment sources, in November, Hollywood gradually started to resume production. In order to keep incidences of the virus down on set, the industry was coerced to introduce amplified safety measures and protocols. Such protocols are utilized to ensure the safety of our actors and actresses on set. While some cases on set still may prevail, it is needless to say that these implemented protocols are a contributing factor in lowering the risk of transmission of the virus, therefore, enabling us to enjoy some of our favorite production once more.