Over the weekend, the Kingston Film Office hosted the popular Netflix series Locke and Key in Springer Market Square. They were reported to be filming scenes for the upcoming season of the drama series.
While details have been kept confidential at the request of the Production, the Kingston Film Office reports early estimates of more than $150,000 in economic benefit to the community, according to a release dated Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. This includes more than 500 hotel rooms, multiple location rentals, various supplier engagements, and over a dozen short-term contract employments.
Shooting took place primarily in Springer Market Square under relative secrecy and strict supervision to discourage large gatherings of spectators and ensure public safety in accordance Kingston Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health and provincial COVID-19 guidelines.
Kingstonist shared the few details which were available, as well as images in a previous article: https://www.kingstonist.com/news/prepare-for-parking-closures-filming-of-locke-and-key/
COVID-19 Safety Film Protocols
While production has resumed in Kingston, and across Ontario, strict provincial guidelines prepared by the Section 21 Film and Television Health and Safety Advisory Committee and approved by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development have been implemented, according to the release from the Kingston Film Office.
Studio productions such as the Netflix series shot in Kingston also supply a regularly updated formal COVID-19 Production Policy, detailing strict safety standards and procedures such as zone protocols and active testing at least two times per week, says the Film Office.
Further to both of these provincial and studio guidelines, productions also adhere to KFL&A Public Health direction.
See the Section 21 Provincial Guidelines here: https://www.filmsafety.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/S21-Film-Television-COVID19-Guidance-June.25.20.pdf
KFL&A Public Health COVID-19 resources are available here: https://www.kflaph.ca/en/partners-and-professionals/covid-19.aspx