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UK to offer Hollywood cast and crew exemption from quarantine rules

The UK government is to exempt some top US actors, such as Tom Cruise, and crew from its 14-day travel quarantine to allow Hollywood blockbusters to resume production.

The move follows a conversation between Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden and Cruise last week about restarting filming for the latest “Mission: Impossible” movie. The exemption will allow “Mission: Impossible 7” – starring and produced by Cruise – to resume filming at Warner Bros. Studios. in Leavesden, near London.

On Friday, the government published a list of countries whose citizens could enter England without self-quarantine for 14 days, but the United States was not on this list (see link here).

Dowden said: “The biggest blockbusters and premium TV shows in the world are made in Britain. Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax breaks for our screen industries mean that we are an in-demand location which, in turn, provides excellent returns for our economy. We want the industry to bounce back, and exempting a small number of essential players and crew from quarantine is part of our ongoing commitment to get the cameras back on safely.

The government has said the exemption only applies to cast and crew coming to England – other parts of the UK have their own rules – employed in film and TV productions qualifying as British, according to the classification of the British Film Institute. Those who are exempted will have to live and work in protected ‘bubble’ environments for two weeks, and will have to follow guidelines on managing the risk of COVID-19, as set out by the British Film Commission (see link here).

In a statement, the government said the exemption “recognizes the ability of international productions to isolate cast and crew from the general public, and that studios and production companies have developed practical solutions for working practices. including the roll-out of new training programs for screen industry workers filming in studios and on location.

Those exempted must have a letter from the studio responsible for the production. The letter should include their name, date of birth, passport number, UK address, dates and location of production, studio phone number and Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport certificate number to prove that the production has qualified as British.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission, said: “Today’s extremely welcome news is also a clear recognition of the importance of the foreign investment sector in high-end film and television to the UK. British economy. The sector was worth more than £3billion [$3.75 billion] in 2019, and has a clear role to play in our post-lockdown economic recovery.

Ben Roberts, chief executive of the British Film Institute, said: “It is great news that film and television production has been granted quarantine exemption, one of the key outcomes of the work of the industry task force. BFI screen, which in tandem with the UK’s COVID-19 industry guidance means that film and TV productions that depend on international talent will be able to move forward, generating jobs and securing a pipeline of new jobs for those working across the industry.

“Film and TV are worth £9.9billion [$12.4 billion] to the UK economy and being able to get production back up and running as quickly as possible will help our industry and its 77,000 production workers contribute to the UK’s economic recovery.

“Mission: Impossible 7,” produced by Skydance Media for Paramount Pictures, halted production in late February due to the coronavirus pandemic. The franchise’s seventh and eighth installments, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, are shot back-to-back.