Good news for those of us waiting on TV series and movies that recently ground to a halt.
The UK government has updated its rules for TV and movie productions which fly in to shoot - put simply, they've been given the green light. UK TV productions which were delayed are now exempt from the nationwide travel ban.
Under both the "Television production" and "High-end television production and film" categories on their website, productions can enter the country as long as they self-quarantine for 10 days. The new guidelines came into effect at 4 am this Monday morning.
The caption under both of these categories now reads: "This job no longer qualifies for an exemption as of 4am Monday 18 January 2021."
The current UK government guidelines for its residents states: "Do not leave your home unless necessary."
The only country currently exempt from the regular UK travel restrictions is Ireland, meaning that travel from any other country results in a 10-day quarantine, reducing to five if a negative COVID test is produced. The tighter restrictions were announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday evening.
The news will be comforting to TV and movie fans who are impatiently waiting for new titles to watch. TV productions such as 'Killing Eve' season four and Apple TV's 'Ted Lasso' season two, which has US actors starring in both and film in the UK, are due to pick up production later this year.
'Fantastic Beasts 3', which also has a number of US and non-UK stars, was due to pick up filming in London last October. Perhaps all of these productions may now be able to return sooner than initially scheduled.