June 4, 2020
'The Witcher' Season 2 Production Could Commence Soon

Coronavirus restrictions are about to be lifted in the United Kingdom which means work can resume on The Witcher according to The Guardian. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, production for Season 2 of Netflix's epic fantasy series, The Witcher, was halted amid the pandemic. Along with one of the show's cast members testing positive for COVID-19, production was halted on all movie and TV networks when social distancing rules were put in place in order to slow the spread of the new virus.

The Witcher's filming is based in the U.K., which means the production will be under the country's laws and regulations when it comes to filming obligations. The new guidelines regarding production have been drawn up by the British Film Commission and the British Film Institute and introduce new rules regarding social distancing.

In addition, there are extra provisions for safety training ahead of production commencement. Temperature testing will be required on set to ensure that no one enters with a fever or raised temperature which could indicate the onset of COVID-19.

Esquire pointed out that another requirement will be to "have dedicated staff to maintain social distancing requirements." As yet, it is unclear how this will roll out as it seems near impossible to maintain correct social distancing requirements for actors during filming.

The document has already been given the go-ahead by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.

"We've worked hard to support the industry through these difficult times and I'm delighted we've been able to agree this step forward towards getting the cameras rolling safely again," said the U.K.'s culture secretary Oliver Dowden.

The decision as to when each network and studio will commence production will be left entirely in the hands of the individual operations rather than being forced into a set start date. With the ineligibility of governmental financial support for freelancers and others working within the film industry, it seems likely that production will begin sooner rather than later.

As yet, there has been no official word yet from Netflix. The series showrunner, Lauren S. Hissrich, has not given any indication that production will commence soon either. Hissrich is active on Twitter and sometimes uses that platform to make announcements. She also likes to keep fans of the TV series in the loop about production via this means. As yet, she has not tweeted anything regarding Season 2 in recent days. This means that viewers will probably have to contain their excitement a little longer until an official announcement is made.