Decision to close virus test site for a day to shoot some movies

Dec 01, 2020 Travel News

Decision to close virus test site for a day to shoot some movies

In a city used to dubbing as a movie set and the inconveniences that go with it, the decision to temporarily close a coronavirus testing site at Union Station in Los Angeles while a movie is being shot there has bothered some. residents of the city during the latest wave of infections.

The movie “It‘s All That”, which stars TikTok star Addison Rae and is a reboot of the 1999 romantic comedy “She’s All That”, has received approval to film inside and out. ‘outside the station on Tuesday, the city and county film bureau said. About 170 cast and crew are expected to take part in scenes for the film, the film bureau said.

A homeless advocacy and advocacy group called Ktown for All criticized the decision and shared a copy of an email he said a resident received on Monday afternoon of the company that operates the test site. He said all test appointments for Tuesday at the station have been canceled due to an event there.

The group said the move showed the city had misplaced its priorities at a time when hospitalizations for the virus were on the rise, and that the decision to shut the site for a day was making it more difficult for people who depend on public transport. common get tested.

“This is truly one of the only Covid testing centers in the city of Los Angeles that is truly accessible by public transportation,” Devon Manney, a spokesperson for the group, said in an interview Monday night. “This is the LA we are constantly fighting against.”

Philip Sokoloski, a spokesperson for the office of the film, known as FilmLA, said on Monday evening that neither the office nor the production company’s venues team knew the station was one of the venues. city ​​virus test and were not involved. in the decision to close the site.

City officials said Monday evening that residents whose appointments were canceled could be tested at one of the city’s other nine permanent testing sites or at five pop-up locations, including one at the metro station. North Hollywood which is on the same rapid transit line as the Union. Station. They did not say who made the decision to suspend testing at Union Station on Tuesday.

They also noted that about 350 daily tests are performed on average at Union Station, which they said was less than 1% of the more than 35,000 tests performed each day.

Miramax, who is releasing the film, declined to comment on Monday night.

A Metro spokesperson referred questions about the closure of the test site at Union Station, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday evening.

A spokeswoman for Curative, the company that operates the testing site, said the tests had been canceled but had no information on the reasons.

City officials said they were trying to restore at least some of the tests at Union Station on Tuesday.

“Informed of the closure of the test site, representatives of the production of the film offered to work with representatives of the station to restore access to the test site tomorrow,” Mr. Sokoloski, the carrier, said Monday evening. floor of the film office. “The two uses of the installation may be compatible, depending on the area to be used for filming and the interest of the production in operating it.”

Andrea Garcia, spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti, said the city is committed to making it easier to screen residents.

“We hope to reopen operations at the Union Station site tomorrow,” Garcia said Monday evening. “We remain committed to providing free testing and plan to test over 38,000 people tomorrow.

Taylor Lorenz contributed reporting.