Film and television production has been removed from the UK government’s coronavirus travel exemption list, meaning those arriving in Britain to participate in filming of all shapes and sizes will have to self-isolate during 10 days.
The government updated its rules at 4 a.m. local time on Monday and the changes affect two job categories: television production and high-end television and film production. This covers pretty much everything except those involved in essential work for the BBC.
“If you are not exempt and you arrive in the UK you will have to self-isolate for 10 days,” the government said during a Web page explain the rules. “When you arrive in England you must go directly to the place where you are staying and not leave.”
Arrivals to England can use the Test to Release program, which means you can pay for a private coronavirus test after five days and be released from self-isolation early if you return a negative result. This does not apply to countries subject to a travel ban, such as Brazil and South Africa.
The new rules will mean producers will have to devote more time to filming if they are working with people from overseas. Film and television production continues in the UK, despite a significant increase in Covid-19 and production stoppages in other parts of the world, notably Los Angeles.
There were 38,598 new cases of the coronavirus across the UK on Sunday, while 671 people have died within 28 days of receiving a positive test. There have now been a total of 89,261 Covid-related deaths in Britain.