Quarantine exemption for some film and TV productions

6 Jul 2020

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The government has announced a quarantine exemption to allow selected production on some of the biggest film and television productions to get underway safely in the UK this summer.

A number of international film and high-end television stars, directors and producers will be exempt from quarantine where they are essential to a production. However, the screen industry will need to follow government guidance and put in place stringent protocols to ensure that they have a minimal impact on public health. 

Exempted individuals will live and work in controlled “bubbled” environments behind closed doors, with exemptions limited to those “essential” to a production. 

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden commented: 

“The world’s biggest blockbusters and high-end TV shows are made in Britain. Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax reliefs for our screen industries means that we are an in-demand location that, in turn, delivers a great return for our economy.

“We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again.” 

Ben Roberts, Chief Executive of the BFI commented:

“Film and television are worth £9.9 billion to the UK economy and being able to get production back up and running as quickly as possible is going to help our industry and its 77,000 production workers contribute to the UK’s economic recovery.”

Stephen Bristow, a partner in the Film & TV Team at Saffery Champness, commented: 

“We welcome the government’s announcement that film and television productions have been granted a quarantine exemption. Allowing international cast and crew to come and work on British qualified productions is another key step to enabling our world class film and television production sector to get up and running again; creating jobs and generating income for the UK economy.”

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