Coronavirus: relaxed quarantine rules for sports and film crews


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New quarantine exemptions will allow major sporting events, as well as television and film productions, to continue this summer, the government announced.

Certain sports teams and production teams will not have to quarantine when they arrive in England if they are essential to the event or to production.

The program gives the green light to the return of Formula 1, international football, golf and billiard tournaments.

The ministers said that darts, horse racing and other sports should follow.

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New government quarantine exemptions mean Silverstone will be able to run races in August, while the Champions League and Europa League football, the PGA British Masters Championship and the World Snooker Championships will move forward.

Announcing the program, which only applies to England, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said, “The British summer of sport is back.”

Under the new rules, sports authorities, event organizers, and the film and television industry should follow “strict protocols” to be exempt from the 14-day quarantine rule.

Right now, most travelers to the UK have to quarantine for two weeks. However, from July 10, people arriving in England from dozens of countries deemed “low risk” will not have to isolate themselves.

Those who obtain an exemption by following the new rules will have to live and work in “bubbling” controlled environments and must be tested regularly for coronavirus.

People working in the film industry will have to stay for 14 days in a bubble that includes only their place of accommodation and production.

The program will apply to people coming to England specifically to work on film and television productions which are considered to be British under one of the government’s cultural tests or official co-production treaties.

This comes as the Secretary of Culture is under increasing pressure to provide additional support for the performing arts.

Government plan for return of live theater and music, announced last week, has been rejected by many industry players as inadequate amid financial aid calls and a reopening schedule .

The union of Equity players has declared that without investment to save jobs and places, such guidelines would be “meaningless”.

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