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I just found this article that might shed some light as to if or when the U.S. - Canada land border may re-open. If indications from health officials and governments and the article below is to be deemed accurate, it might take a year or so before there is any sort of free-flow.

Note: This may or may not affect filming in B.C. for Arrowverse and other U.S.-backed productions since it does not strictly prohibit air travel but the current quarantine provisions may / likely will still apply for air and sea as it currently does for land crossings.
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  1. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-u-s-border-pandemic-covid-coronavirus-1.5633650
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Not related to current shows but speaks to film production in general. Stephen Amell is recovering from Coronavirus. This is how he described his symptoms.
Amell said he "never ran a fever," but first noticed he woke up with a plugged ear. "For two nights, I was up every couple of hours vacillating between freezing cold and boiling hot," he continued. "And I would be freezing cold because I sweat through all my stuff. So, I get up, dry off, change my clothes, get back into bed, warm up, and then start sweating again, and the cycle would just [on] repeat."

The actor also describes a loss of appetite that resulted in him losing 15 lbs. over three weeks, and a feeling of dizziness akin to vertigo when he rose into a standing position too fast.
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  1. https://news.yahoo.com/amphtml/stephen-amell-reveals-covid-19-172005890.htmlBrierrose
  2. https://www.eonline.com/ca/news/1202329/stephen-amell-reveals-he-tested-positive-for-covid-19-in-first-podcast-interview-since-panic-attack
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I know Thomas Lennon (Mxy) said he was coming back, but that was when the shutdown FIRST started. With all these new protocols, I imagine that's back up in the air.
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Yeah,unlike with Arrow where we got lots of returning faces for the final season,that's going to be tougher for Supergirl.Unless things improve greatly in the latter part of filming this final season(since they are filming until the beginning of August),I'm not holding out much hope for returning faces.I'm hoping maybe getting Chris back for at least a episode if not more since I'm figuring he might be in Vancouver with Melissa anyway.

Yes, it's very possible that Monty will make an appearance since he's out of work at the present time. He would be a valuable contributor to the show and at this point you have nothing to lose. Grandma and Grandpa can tend to the baby.

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Yeah,unlike with Arrow where we got lots of returning faces for the final season,that's going to be tougher for Supergirl.Unless things improve greatly in the latter part of filming this final season(since they are filming until the beginning of August),I'm not holding out much hope for returning faces.I'm hoping maybe getting Chris back for at least a episode if not more since I'm figuring he might be in Vancouver with Melissa anyway.
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I imagine the new restrictions are going to have a HEAVY influence on the actors we see for this final season. I don't see Calista Flockhart, Jeremy Jordan, Mehcad Brooks,Odette Annable, Helen Slater, or a host of other alumni making guest appearances, this year, unless they have the flexibility and willingness to quarantine for 14 days (both ways), meaning they'd have almost 28 days of mandatory unpaid quarantine time, aside from whatever their filming commitments would be.
Your’re right about the guest star appearances being limited. During the virtual WizardWorld panel Helen Slater said she was scheduled and the restrictions were the same then so she’s willing and able. I’d love Odette but Sam’s story had an ending. We know Winn is happy in the 31st century which is good because I don’t see Jeremy being willing to travel. I said it in the news feed but they should do a Kara/Cat zoom call which could be done without Calista traveling. They could do a zoom call with James too. One guest star who’s chances of appearance are increased is Chris. I agree he’s probably relocating, I don’t see him living apart from his wife and infant son if at all possible.
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This story is a bit of an oddity but reflects the current Covid-19 realities.

Although I would contest the assertion in the piece that Canada doesn't want Americans in the country as somewhat misleading because under normal circumstances, they're most welcome.

But, since Covid-19 is very prevalent in the U.S. and cases/fatalities rising rapidly in Canada, it's better to keep the borders shut to free-flow traffic and tourism for the time being until there is a vaccine or effective treatment and a drastic decrease in overall numbers on both sides of the border.

It's not pretty and not desirable, but it must be this way until the struggle against the disease turns the corner and is in the general population's favour. That's why there is a 14-day quarantine period for residents and non-residents alike when entering the country by any means (land, sea or air).

Note: This situation also applies to Point Roberts, WA (which is surrounded by Canada), and to a smaller extent Blaine, WA (a border town) and the Northwest Angle, MN (as noted in the attached article).


It's a valid concern. While Canada, including B.C. has seen a rise, it's still quite small in comparison to the rates in the U.S. I mentioned quite a bit ago (I can't remember if it was this thread or not) that these quarantine requirements are really going to impact cast members who used to regularly fly back to their U.S. based homes on weekends or film breaks.

Danielle Panabaker of The Flash was open that she used to fly back to L.A. every weekend.

Bitsie Tulloch (our new Lois Lane) is on the other end of the spectrum, where filming here works in her favor, because her husband already films here in Vancouver for A Million Little Things. So for that particular case, it isn't so bad to be stuck here.

I would imagine (and this is all just speculation having to due with how actors deal with production, I am NOT trying to delve into personal lives) that, as unfortunate as it may be, Chris Wood's pilot for "Thirtysomething(else)" works in his new family's favor, as, after her maternity leave is up, Melissa will have to be up here in Vancouver. I imagine with the tough quarantine issues and restricted travel, right now, it's best for someone in her situation to have her husband and child in Vancouver with her, for the year of filming.

I imagine the new restrictions are going to have a HEAVY influence on the actors we see for this final season. I don't see Calista Flockhart, Jeremy Jordan, Mehcad Brooks,Odette Annable, Helen Slater, or a host of other alumni making guest appearances, this year, unless they have the flexibility and willingness to quarantine for 14 days (both ways), meaning they'd have almost 28 days of mandatory unpaid quarantine time, aside from whatever their filming commitments would be.

I'm imagining a vast majority of the actors we get this year will be, by necessity, Canadian. Hell, I have an actor friend here in town who's had an influx of auditions like he's never seen because the productions here in town don't have the option of flying US actors in for smaller parts like they used to.

Not exactly the best year for Supergirl to have it's "final" season. But we don't really have a choice on that matter.
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This story is a bit of an oddity but reflects the current Covid-19 realities.

Although I would contest the assertion in the piece that Canada doesn't want Americans in the country as somewhat misleading because under normal circumstances, they're most welcome.

But, since Covid-19 is very prevalent in the U.S. and cases/fatalities rising rapidly in Canada, it's better to keep the borders shut to free-flow traffic and tourism for the time being until there is a vaccine or effective treatment and a drastic decrease in overall numbers on both sides of the border.

It's not pretty and not desirable, but it must be this way until the struggle against the disease turns the corner and is in the general population's favour. That's why there is a 14-day quarantine period for residents and non-residents alike when entering the country by any means (land, sea or air).

Note: This situation also applies to Point Roberts, WA (which is surrounded by Canada), and to a smaller extent Blaine, WA (a border town) and the Northwest Angle, MN (as noted in the attached article).
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  1. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/cut-off-northwest-angle-border-restriction-covid-pandemic-wfpcbc-cbc-1.5771124
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More news on the U.S.-Canada border closure issue.

Personally, I don't see it reopening before the New Year due to extremely high levels of Covid-19 in the U.S., the upcoming November election, a possible election in Canada this autumn, and rising case levels in key areas of Canada.

But, as with anything in life, stranger things have happened. Stay tuned.
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  1. https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/trudeau-trump-canada-u-s-border-closure-1.5765323
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Uh oh! Bottleneck Covid-19 testing delays in B.C. hitting the productions big time. Not fun news at all!

I can hear from here all of the studio executive heads for all of the film companies in Hollywood screaming in purple-raged unison: "Coooooooooooooooooooooooviiiiiiiiiiiiiid!" (Just like Kirk's "Khaaaaaaaaaaaan!" line in Star Trek II -TWOK.)
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  1. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/tv-film-production-vancouver-pandemic-1.5744908
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More delays due to a Coronavirus / Covid-19 testing backlog in B.C. Hopefully it is cleared soon.
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  1. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/riverdale-batwoman-shut-down-coronavirus-testing-1234787386/?fbclid=IwAR2JTdvGUiKWJkcAavnILuinc72tehWbFDMUB3aYbTjB4-sT1bR9thZJZCs
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Thanks for the article. So it appears that our lovely neighbors to the north are going to extend the no border crossings 30 days from the Sept. 21st date. Hopefully a vaccine will be available by Thanksgiving and tourism can then flow back and forth to our great countries.

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One more article. The border closure remains in effect as the case numbers in Canada also begin to surge (2nd wave possibly) as we enter the autumn period.

It appears that until Covid-19 is either brought under control (and managed better at every level), this sealed border and travel restrictions will be in place. It remains an unfortunate reality for everyone.

The actors will have to continue to make hard choices in the short-term as to where they wish to work as there will be no cross-border back and forth (by land, sea or air) and meetings with producers, executives and the like will have to continue to be done remotely. Flying to L.A. for the weekend is off the table since there is a 14-day quarantine period (no exceptions) to enter or re-enter the country. Once you're in, your best bet is to stay in until the shooting season is done.
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  1. https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-u-s-border-closure-support-mayors-tourism-trump-1.5722974
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Hopfully this doesn't happen a lot.Even with all precautions,nothing is perfect.Jurassic World: Dominion has been back filming since July.They had a outbreak in Malta among crew that forced them to move main production elsewhere after the U.K. filming(although they are still doing some second unit stuff there).Other then that,things have been going well there.The Avatar sequels and Mission Impossible 7/8 are also back to filming I believe.I know Avatar is.

Hopfully the safety precautions on all these productions hold but I expect issues will pop up


Yes, Mission Impossible is filming, they have rented 2 Cruise ships to hold the Cast and Crew.....
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Hopfully this doesn't happen a lot.Even with all precautions,nothing is perfect.Jurassic World: Dominion has been back filming since July.They had a outbreak in Malta among crew that forced them to move main production elsewhere after the U.K. filming(although they are still doing some second unit stuff there).Other then that,things have been going well there.The Avatar sequels and Mission Impossible 7/8 are also back to filming I believe.I know Avatar is.

Hopfully the safety precautions on all these productions hold but I expect issues will pop up
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This is not Vancover related but it is film production related. While filming The Batman in the U.K. the star Robert Patterson has tested positive for Coronavirus. Production has been stopped. I couldn’t find any information on his condition, wishing him a speedy recovery. This makes me wonder how possible it is to keep the cast and crew safe during film production.

I had the same reaction to the news, on all counts. One wants to believe productions will take all reasonable precautions, but there are considerable financial pressures to generate content. Fingers crossed for all involved.
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This is not Vancover related but it is film production related. While filming The Batman in the U.K. the star Robert Pattinson has tested positive for Coronavirus. Production has been stopped. I couldn’t find any information on his condition, wishing him a speedy recovery. This makes me wonder how possible it is to keep the cast and crew safe during film production.
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  1. https://movieweb.com/amp/batman-robert-pattinson-covid-19-warner-bros-responds/
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/03/arts/Robert-Pattinson-Covid-19-Batman.html
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Looks like there might be an early wrinkle in getting the cast and crews for the various shows back to B.C. as the Covid numbers are beginning to spike back up in a noticeable way.

By no means are the numbers as drastic as the U.S., but they are definitely to be monitored closely to ensure all safety precautions can and are being followed as crews, actors and production staff contemplate returning to work possibly in September.


Thanks for keeping us informed, Romulus. It's good to see that the province is taking quick and aggressive action.
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Looks like there might be an early wrinkle in getting the cast and crews for the various shows back to B.C. as the Covid numbers are beginning to spike back up in a noticeable way.

By no means are the numbers as drastic as the U.S., but they are definitely to be monitored closely to ensure all safety precautions can and are being followed as crews, actors and production staff contemplate returning to work possibly in September.
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  1. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-covid-19-second-wave-infections-1.5688896
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I found this update on Vancouver reaching a union agreement with US studios.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/vancouver-production-restart-british-columbia-043536556.html
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LibertyPrime wrote:

"Beebo in a covid mask! 2020 is so crazy." :D

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Yes indeed it is. Follow Beebo's lead, he knows stuff! ;)
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