Bridgerton was forced to stop production of its second season due to another confirmed COVID-19 case on set.
According to Deadline, the filming for the period drama has been paused “for an indefinite period of time as the streamer and producers at Shondaland establish a timetable for a safe return amid the Delta variant of coronavirus surging across the UK.”
Filming was initially stopped for 24 hours on Thursday, July 15, after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19.
Production resumed on Friday, July 16, but was suspended again on Saturday, July 17, due to the second case. Netflix declined to comment on whether it was an actor or a crew member who tested positive.
Production of the highly anticipated series’ second season began last May at various London locations. COVID-19 cases have been surging in Britain in the past weeks, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson lifted most lockdown restrictions on Monday, July 19.
Netflix first confirmed the second season of Bridgerton back in January. The first season, which premiered in December 2020, has recorded over 80 million views, making Bridgerton Netflix’s most watched original series.
In April, Netflix announced that a third and fourth season is also on the way.
Created by Shonda Rimes, Bridgerton is a romantic, cheeky series set during the Regency era in London. It follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and her family as she makes her high-society debut in the competitive marriage market.
The series is based on Julia Quinn’s novel, The Duke and I, the first of eight in a series. – Rappler.com