Wentworth cast are told to ‘stay under the radar’ as the prison drama continues filming despite Victoria’s lockdown
The cast of Wentworth have reportedly been told to downplay the fact that production is still going forward despite the coronavirus lockdown in Victoria.
According to Mumbrella, Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services has allowed production to continue as long as there is a ‘COVID Safe’ plan in place.
An email was reportedly sent to the show’s cast members, telling them it’s ‘wiser to stay below the radar’.
Filming: Wentworth cast have reportedly been told to ‘stay under the radar’ as the Australian prison drama continues filming amid Victoria’s lockdown
Mumbrella claimed an email from production company Fremantle to the cast said: ‘We’re not trying to hide the fact we are working through. Media are aware that production in general is continuing; however, in this current climate, it’s such an emotive issue, [it’s] wiser to stay below the radar.’
Fremantle also reportedly advised the staff to avoid drawing attention to filming on their social media accounts and during interviews.
‘For the moment on your socials, please focus on promoting what is playing out on air rather than filming,’ the email continued.
Still going: According to Mumbrella , Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services has allowed production to continue as long as there is a ‘COVID Safe’ plan
‘For those doing interviews for Foxtel and Channel 5 in the UK, continue with the usual response if asked about filming – “very fortunate to be working through with our very strict COVID safety measures which have been in place for some time now, everyone is invested in making it work and it’s all going well.”‘
On Sunday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews declared a State of Disaster after 671 new COVID-19 cases that day – bringing the state’s number of active cases to 6,322.
This means that Melbourne is under a police-enforceable curfew of 8pm until 5am until at least September 13, as the rest of Australia returns to business as usual.
Production: Mumbrella claimed an email from Fremantle told the cast it’s ‘wiser to stay below the radar’ and to avoid drawing attention to filming on their social media accounts and during interviews
Melburnians can only leave their homes between these hours for work, care-giving, medical reasons or on compassionate grounds.
The city’s 4.9 million residents have also been banned from travelling more than 5km from home to do their shopping – and only one person from each household can leave at any time.
Regional Victorians have also had further restrictions imposed on their freedom as they re-enter stage three restrictions.
Emergency: On Sunday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews declared a State of Disaster after 671 new COVID-19 cases that day