The popular CBC show “Murdoch Mysteries” is returning to Kingston next week.
The show, which follows the adventures of Canadian detective William Murdoch at the turn of the 20th century, will be filming in several downtown locations between Tuesday and Friday, according to notices sent by the production company to residents in the areas in which filming will take place.
“Murdoch Mysteries” typically encourages its fans to come out and watch the filming — as was the case when an episode was partly shot in Springer Market Square and Kingston Penitentiary in 2019 — but that isn’t the case this time with the current provincial stay-at-home order in effect. The Kingston Film Office is also asking fans to stay away for the same reason.
The film industry has continued working in studio and on location through the pandemic “due to its highly rigorous, industry-specific COVID-19 health and safety regulations.” Among those regulations is the need for the set to be configured so that people can stand two metres apart, that masks are worn on set except the actors while filming, audiences aren’t allowed, no more than 50 people on the set, and that hair and makeup people be outfitted in personal protective equipment.
Extensive COVID-19 measures are now included in the Ministry of Labour’s Section 21 — Health and Safety Guidelines for the Film Industry. Those measures can be found at www.filmsafety.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/S21-Film-Television-COVID19-Guidance-June.25.20.pdf.