CBS ‘The Young and the Restless’ (Y&R) spoilers finds that has both good news and not so good news for Y&R fans. According to new reports, the production team has decided to start filming again, however, the start date has been pushed back. While initial reports indicated that The Young and the Restless cast and crew were expected to return to the CBS studio to begin filming on July 6, that date has now been pushed back to July 13. Here’s what you need to know.
The news comes as the state of California, along with Texas, Arizona, and Florida, have all seen a resurgence of Covid-19 cases. So far the only daytime television show that has managed to resume filming has been Y&R’s sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful. However, B&B also had to press the pause button on their plans after dealing with a batch of false negative Covid-19 tests after the first day of filming. In addition to The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless coming to work, General Hospital has also hinted that they too plan on getting back to work by mid-July, however, ABC is yet to make any official comments about filming yet. Meanwhile, Days of Our Lives over at NBC has hinted that they are currently working on a timetable for returning to work.
CBS ‘The Young and the Restless’ Spoilers: Y&R Start Date Pushed Back Again
With Covid–19 still very much a threat, the soap world will have to make some adjustments to the way they film now and until a new vaccine is made available. The new guidelines include: All employees are required to wear cloth face coverings whenever they are in contact with others, unless — as in the case with actors — the production activity does not allow for the wearing of a face covering. Any latter such instances “should be of short duration and with as much physical distancing as possible,” though ideally “a minimum of 8 feet … during rehearsal or performance.”
Any scenes requiring cast or crew to be closer than 6 feet must be as brief as possible and cast must be as silent as possible to avoid spreading droplets through talking. Scenes with direct prolonged physical contact between cast (intimate scenes, fight scenes) are discouraged at this time. All cast shall wash or sanitize hands when beginning the filming of a scene and not touch their face during the filming session. Large crowd scenes should be avoided. Hair and makeup services “should be limited only to cast that require it and cannot do it themselves.” Symptom checks are conducted before employees may enter the workspace.
Studio audience members can include paid staff, and must be seated at least 6 feet from each other and wear face coverings whenever feasible. Audiences should be limited to 100 people or 25 percent of the maximum occupancy of the space (whichever is smaller). There must be regular, periodic testing of the cast and crew on a given production to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID–19, especially for those cast and crew that are involved in high risk scenes requiring close contact without face coverings for extended periods of time. Each production must assign a COVID–19 Compliance Officer or Officers, responsible for establishing and enforcing safety protocols.
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