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Shooting impossible due to new quarantine exemption

The Secretary of Culture told Tom Cruise that he will be able to resume filming for the latest film Mission: Impossible due to a new exemption in Covid-19’s quarantine rules, understands The Sunday Telegraph.

The guidelines to be released this week will exempt the essential cast and crew working on international films and “high-end” television productions from the 14-day isolation requirement for those traveling from many countries overseas.

According to the rules, the exempted will have to operate within a “bubble” which includes only their accommodation and the place of production, preventing them from going to public places such as pubs.

The move comes after filming the seventh and eighth installments of Mission: Impossible blocked due to the outbreak and blockade of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom.

The cast and crew had previously been forced to stop filming in Venice following epidemics in Italy in February.

Oliver Dowden, the secretary of culture, is believed to have talked to Cruise last week about how the new exemption would allow filming for Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire.

Cruise reportedly flew to the UK last month, just hours before the initial travel quarantine came into effect. On Friday, the government released a list of 74 countries and territories exempted from the rules, including many EU states but not the United States.

Dowden said: “The world’s biggest hits and high-end TV shows are made in Britain.

“Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax breaks for our film industries mean that we are a sought-after location which in turn offers a great return for our economy.

“We want the industry to go back and exempting a limited number of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our ongoing effort to get cameras filmed safely.

“This is welcome news not only for movie lovers, but for the thousands employed in the film industries and in the sectors they support.”

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