In the first phase of Unlock 1, Maharashtra Government granted permission to producers to resume shooting for films, television shows and web series in the non-containment areas of the state.
The state government set a lengthy 16-page guidelines for producers which mentioned that a maximum of 33 percent of crew excluding the main cast will be allowed on sets. All the staff members will have to carry an identification card and Aarogya Setu app must be downloaded on their mobile devices.
Now, according to latest reports, Sony TV’s show ‘Mere Sai’ has been stalled after one of its crew members tested positive for the novel Coronavirus.
Mere Sai shooting stalled
After the discovery of the case, the channel asked the show producers to stop the shooting immediately. Not even that, as per reports, the entire team Mere Sai has been asked to keep themselves in quarantine for a specified number of days.
Mere Sai show producer Nitin Vaidya confirmed the news and even mentioned, “One of our team members has been tested positive recently and as per the Government guidelines, we have stopped the shoot of Mere Sai until 7th July. This person was not present on the set and underwent proper testing to verify the symptoms immediately. He has been admitted to a quarantine facility and is recovering well, under proper medical care. His temperature and oxygen levels are normal. While all the necessary precautions have been undertaken, as per the guidelines, the set has been thoroughly fumigated & disinfected. The cast and crew associated with the show are healthy and have not come in contact with the person affected. We are happy that we work with a responsible crew who understand the sensitivity of the pandemic and our only intention is to support them in the best possible manner.”
This is the first case of COVID-19 on a television set. Earlier though TV actors Mohena Kumari Singh and Additi Gupta tested positive for the virus.