I hear the cast arrived last Thursday as scheduled. After three rounds of COVID-19 tests on the 377 actors and crew members all came back negative, filming started yesterday, Aug. 4, sources said. I hear Perry used a Georgia lab for two of the tests and an independent lab for the third to assure accurate results.
Perry employs a quarantine bubble model, sequestering cast and crew on the lot for the duration of a shoot. The production follows a 30-page document Perry sent to his teams in May, outlining the plan in great detail. It starts with an initial check-in testing while everyone is sequestered in their rooms. In the case of Sistas, that pre-filming test produced four positives.
After The Oval finishes production in two weeks, Perry has scheduled back-to-back shoots of his BET+ series, Bruh and Ruthless, on the lot.
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