COVID Outbreak On ‘The Little Mermaid’ Set Forces Shutdown

There are 13 cases of Covid confirmed among the operators of the troupe involved in the shooting of the Disney film “The Little Mermaid” in Northern Sardinia. “Among these there is a case of ascertained positivity of varying deltas, according to the tests carried out in the analysis laboratory in Cagliari”, explains Franco Sgarangella, director of the North Area Prevention Department of Ats Sardegna. “The other 12 are being sequenced in Sassari.” There are 60 members of the crew in quarantine. Among them, the first patient identified is hospitalized in Sassari in the infectious diseases department, but his health conditions are improving. All others so far have experienced mild symptoms. Meanwhile, in Trinità d’Agultu, where filming was in progress, the number of confirmed positives has risen to 22, while the people in quarantine are 84. Ats Sardegna and Assl of Olbia have started a screening on the population of Trinità d’Agultu and the epidemiological monitoring of the municipalities of Palau, Santa Teresa Gallura and Castelsardo.

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It appears that the recent COVID outbreak has been contained to only crew members and no positive cases among cast have been reported at this time. The outbreak is a little surprising considering numerous safety measures are in place — including limited crew on set at any given time, PPE being worn by the crew members (and cast when possible), even during outdoor filming.

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Recently, images were shared that showed Halle Bailey, who plays Ariel, and Noah Hauer-King, who plays Prince Eric rehearsing on an Italian Beach.

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Filming began in Sardinia in May and COVID-19 contact tracing began on June 6. It appears that only one crew member has been hospitalized at this time, with the rest of the positive crew members only experiencing mild symptoms.

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This is not the first time that production on The Little Mermaid had to be delayed. Production had to be pushed backed last year due to the initial outbreak of COVID-19 around the world. There is no release date for The Little Mermaid at this time.

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