Filming has been able to continue (Picture: PA; Getty)
With coronavirus cases rising and the new variant proving to be more transmissible, strict restrictions will be in place until mid-February.
In an address to the nation, the Prime Minister confirmed that restrictions included schools and colleges reverting to remote learning, pubs and restaurants closing, and people only leaving home for essential reasons, such as to shop for food and exercise.
Mr Johnson said people should be working from home unless it is impossible for them to do so – but how does this affect film and TV production, especially with England being home to film sets including The Batman and Mission: Impossible 7?
Can film and TV sets in England continue production?
Under the current restrictions, production can continue for films and TV.
In the official guidance, under the ‘business and venues’ section, the rules state: ‘Some of these businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities.’
One of these activities is listed as: ‘For the purposes of film and TV filming.’
Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, also clarified the rules in a tweet.
The Batman filmed in Liverpool late last year (Picture: Getty Images)
He said: ‘For the arts/creative sectors this means You should work from home unless you can’t – exemptions include for training and rehearsal of performances, recording studios and film & TV production.’
During the first lockdown, in March and April 2020, film and TV sets had to shut down production.
They were later permitted to continue, once safety precautions had been put in place.
How will the third lockdown affect film sets?
With filming ongoing, cast and crew will presumably have to continue with the safety precautions they have been putting in place, including frequent testing and wearing masks where possible.
In the past, on sets including The Batman, if anyone on set has tested positive, production has shut down to allow everyone to self-isolate.
What is currently filming in the UK?
A number of movies and TV series have been filming, with one of the biggest productions being DC’s The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson.
Filming for the movie hasn’t been smooth sailing so far, with production previously having to shut down over a crew member (later reported to be leading man Robert himself) testing positive for coronavirus.
Mission: Impossible 7, starring Tom Cruise, has also been filming in the UK, as well as across Europe, with the upcoming blockbuster also facing coronavirus-related issues.
Meanwhile, soaps including EastEnders, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks will also be able to continue filming.
Metro.co.uk has contacted the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and Warner Bros for comment.
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