“Grey’s Anatomy” has shutdown production with four episodes left to be filmed as part of Season 16. The decision was made on Thursday night as a precaution during the coronavirus pandemic. The suspension will last at least two weeks.
Showrunner Krista Vernoff and executive producers Debbie Allen and James Williams announced the news to the cast and crew in a memo.
“Out of an abundance of caution, production is postponed on Grey’s Anatomy effective immediately,” the memo read. “We are going home now for at least two weeks and waiting to see how the coronavirus situation evolves. This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of the whole cast and crew and the safety of our loved ones outside of work, and it was made in accordance with Mayor Garcetti’s suggestion that we not gather in groups of more than 50.”
“Stay safe, stay healthy, stay hydrated, stay home as much as possible, and wash your hands frequently,” it continued. “Please take care of yourselves and each other. As updates come in, we will keep you informed.”
The show joins many other scripted series in suspending production, including all “NCIS” shows.
The CDC has also issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.