Production on The Masked Singer for Australia’s Network 10 has been suspended after “several” crew members tested positive for COVID-19.
A spokesperson for Ten told Realscreen the entire production team — including contestants, the host and panelists — are now in self-isolation.
“They are all being monitored closely and are in constant contact with medical authorities,” the spokesperson stated. “Network 10 is working closely with the Victorian Government and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Network 10 is providing all crew with all the support and assistance possible.”
The shiny-floor format, produced by Warner Bros. International Television, was shooting its season finale when production stopped.
The Masked Singer had commenced production prior to Stage 4 lockdown in Victoria, and was able to continue to film in accordance with government regulations that permitted screen productions to continue.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported Tuesday (Aug. 25) that more than 250 cast and crew are isolating, and 16 cases have been linked to the Docklands Studios set in Melbourne.
Producers were adhering to a COVID Safe Plan that was prepared in line with state and federal restrictions. That plan included daily temperature checks, face masks, hand sanitation, hygiene protocols and a dedicated production COVID manager, among other protocols.
The on-air schedule for The Masked Singer is not affected, and a finale is expected to be broadcast.
Warner Bros. and Network 10 — part of ViacomCBS — recently worked together to produce Dancing With The Stars and The Bachelor during the pandemic.