Britain Shuts Borders, but the Shows Go On

  • Variety
Britain Shuts Borders, but the Shows Go On
As the U.K. enforces tough new rules for those entering the country, film and television productions are set to take a direct hit.

Until recently, film and TV industry workers were exempt from having to quarantine upon entering the U.K., but that allowance was removed from Jan. 18. From Feb. 15, it’s mandatory for all visitors to the U.K., including citizens and residents, to quarantine for 10 days and take a Pcr coronavirus test on days two and eight of their self-isolation. Failure to take the first test results in a £1,000 fine, while a £2,000 penalty applies to those who fail to take the second test, as well as an automatic extension of the quarantine to 14 days.

“As an industry, we’re very agile and able to cope with these kinds of things because we effectively bake those restrictions into our production plans,” producer Guy Heeley tells Variety. Heeley has
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