General Hospital hoped to film again toward the end of July. But, with COVID cases spiking in Los Angeles, GH may be delayed even further. Here’s what we know about LA being on the verge of lockdown again and how it could affect the ABC sudser.
General Hospital Hopes to Resume Production Soon
The network wants GH to be back to shooting mid-July. So, they are airing the ten most recent episodes before they stopped filming. However, as of now, it doesn’t look like they are back in the studio yet. A leaker previously mentioned two General Hospital castmates might have COVID and revealed issues with the safety plan for the set.
Of course, there is no confirmation yet. But, that may be why they’re not back to work on the GH set quite yet. Now, they may face another hurdle because the California governor and LA mayor are closing down more businesses by the day. They might be on full lockdown again soon. Clearly, that will dash hopes of General Hospital filming soon.
@EmmeRylan and @teenystweeting still don't know if #GH is gonna resume filming in the next week. They say that's all up to ABC & Disney to decide on what they say for all the actors and to take all precautions and measures necessary and new rules layed out when filming resumes. pic.twitter.com/bSeXQhm9e6
— Mike 'Happy July' Sanders😷🖖🇺🇸🗽🎇🎆🧨🌞⛱ 👙🌡 (@michealsander11) July 12, 2020
LA in Panic Mode – Delay in New GH Episodes Again?
California’s Governor Newsom revealed that Los Angeles county, where General Hospital films, is on the watch list. Right now, they are in the orange zone of the color-coded system for COVID risk. The mayor said they’re dangerously close to the red zone. As of Monday, Coronavirus cases spiked dramatically in Los Angeles – but deaths are down.
Of course, more COVID cases is bad news for GH. Also, as of the beginning of the week, all indoor businesses such as gyms, salons, places of worship, and more must close down. Only essential businesses may be open soon if things spiral more in CA. Now, it’s not realistic that General Hospital film all their scenes outside. So, GH production may be pushed back once again.
California rolls back its reopening as virus cases surge: NBC's Joe Fryer reports that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warns of another possible lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge in California. https://t.co/EkuLMMYfH5 pic.twitter.com/ShIYqknTYK
— Marcus Evans ⚛️ 🔬 🔭 (@MarcuswevansSr) July 14, 2020
General Hospital Fans Eager for New Plots
GH viewers are sure to be let down if the soap doesn’t film fresh episodes soon. Followers are very vocal about their opinions and miss the sudser. However, most fans worry about the safety of the cast and crew of General Hospital. And, they don’t mind waiting as long as everyone stays safe.
Of course, if LA is shutdown again, they will be back at square one with no idea of when work will resume. So, we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed and hope they stay out of the red area. Hopefully, ABC will be able to start filming fresh GH scenes as planned without additional delay.
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