Harry Potter buses which normally ferry fans to a studio tour just outside of London are now being used to take key workers to NHS hospitals.
While Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire is closed due to coronavirus, Golden Tours is using its Harry Potter-themed vehicles to operate a free shuttle bus service between three local National Health Service (NHS) sites. The buses run between 6:10am and 10:40pm daily and strict social distancing is enforced on board.
Paul da Gama of West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust said in a statement that during the COVID-19 pandemic, “The reality is that there are still many colleagues who need to be at one of our hospitals to do their job,” adding that the trust is “redeploying people into new roles and so we need more staff back on site to pitch in and support our brave and brilliant clinical colleagues.”
“A special shuttle bus, which will have strict social distancing rules, is the perfect solution and we are so grateful to Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden and Golden Tours for making this happen,” he continued. “Our staff might not be traveling to exotic locations or seeing behind the scenes of a major movie, but they will be making magic happen in their own way!”
The production of all eight Harry Potter movies was based at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, a major complex located around 18 miles from central London. Its on-site studio tour “The Making of Harry Potter” was opened in 2012 and welcomes around 6,000 visitors a day at peak times.
Meanwhile, franchise creator J.K. Rowling has also displayed generosity during the coronavirus crisis by making a range of free content available online.
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