Major film and production companies in the UK can now resume filming under a newly signed Coronavirus safety guidelines.
The United Kingdom has signed new Coronavirus safety guidelines allowing UK’s film and high-end television production industry to resume filming possibly by July.
The safety guidelines include rules on physical distancing, safety training, and temperature tests drawn by the British Film Commission and the British Film Institute. It was signed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Public Health England, and the Health and Safety Executive.
While the government has already given filmmakers the green signal, it's still up to the production companies to decide whether to resume filming or not.
Among the major projects which were forced to stop filming during the Coronavirus outbreak are The Witcher, The Batman, Peaky Blinders, Disney's live-action The Little Mermaid, and the next film in the Fantastic Beasts sub-series.
The Witcher season 2 has already started filming in February this year and was forced to shut down mid-March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The fantasy series featuring Henry Cavill is among Netflix's highest-rated series. Netflix already confirmed the second season way before the first season premiered on December 20, 2019.
The Witcher season 2 is also expected to consist of eight episodes, just like season 1.
Netflix has initially announced season 2 to premiere in 2021. With the recent go signal, we're hoping that the production can keep up with the schedule.
Meanwhile, Robert Pattinson's The Batman has already been announced to be delayed.
The film was initially set to release on June 25, 2021, but is now scheduled to hit the theaters on October 1.
Although cautious about safety, Warner Brothers is reportedly eager to resume productions for the Batman and Fantastic Beast 3 as soon as it is safely possible.
The third installment in the Fantastic Beast franchise has already received initial delays due to the backlash received by the second film.
Just when the third film was already set to start filming in March, Coronavirus came and the production team was forced to postpone the plan.
Other series and productions with episodes costing over £1m (approx. $1.24m) are also allowed to continue filming. Self-employed freelance film and TV workers can now also return to work.
British culture secretary, Oliver Dowden was quoted by The Guardian saying, "We've worked hard to support the industry through these difficult times and I'm delighted we've been able to agree on this step forward towards getting the cameras rolling safely again."
With the recent news, we can expect major production companies to come up with updates regarding the status of their projects soon. Countries worldwide have slowly been lifting lockdowns. While businesses are starting to get operational, the risk of infections remains. The film industry is no exception to this and thus must remain cautious.