Netflix is shutting down one of its LA offices after an employee was believed to have contracted coronavirus, Variety has learned from sources. All Los Angeles employees were advised to leave and begin working from home. The building where the potential coronavirus patient worked is undergoing a deep cleaning.
Netflix declined to comment.
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The move comes as numerous networks, studios, and companies are shuttering their offices and asking employees to work remotely until the outbreak is contained. Most of Hollywood’s talent agencies have begun encouraging their staff to avoid coming in if possible if not outright closing the offices altogether, with studios and networks following suit.
In addition, major public spaces like Broadway theaters, theme parks, sporting events, and concerts are all being closed, postponed, or canceled. Studios have also begun delaying major theatrical releases, including the highly-anticipated live-action “Mulan” and the ninth “Fast and Furious” film.
Numerous shows with live audiences have announced in the past few days that they will forego filming with live audiences as the global coronavirus pandemic continues. Late-night shows like “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” had all confirmed they will go without audiences for the foreseeable future,though “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers” will suspend production immediately. Major sports leagues have been calling off their seasons as well, with the MLB, NBA, and NHL all stating they will postpone games due to the outbreak. The NCAA has that the annual March Madness basketball tournament will not proceed as planned.
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