More than 500 people had appointments to be tested Tuesday at Union Station, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The area was also the site of a movie shoot scheduled to happen on the same day.
News of the testing site’s closure quickly garnered backlash online, with many commenting that the location is one of the city’s most accessible testing sites.
Not long after the backlash, Garcetti issued a statement on Twitter announcing that the Union Station testing site would reopen. He did not mention the film shoot.
Ralph Barnes, vice president of Morlin Asset Management, did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
He told the LA Times: “We’re proud that Union Station has been and continues to serve as a valuable and readily accessible free resource for COVID testing for Angelenos. This was an unfortunate mix-up between everyone involved in making these tests possible, including the station, Curative and government officials, which led to the mistaken cancellation of today’s tests, which we’re happy to report was corrected last night.”
Curative, which runs the testing site, confirmed the location was up and running on Tuesday.
“To clarify any previous confusion, we are confirming the site will be open for normal operation today,” Curative said in a statement to CNN.
“FilmLA did not, and never would, seek the closure of a City-operated COVID-19 testing center to accommodate filming,” Sokoloski said. “Neither we, the City permit authority, nor the production company asked that this be done at Union Station.”
The organization said it first heard of the testing site closing on Monday night.
“FilmLA first learned of the testing site’s closure Monday evening, after community members reached out to express their concern,” Sokoloski said. “We were disappointed by what we learned, and immediately helped escalate the situation to City attention.”