New border rules will create nightmares for television production on the East Coast.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced anyone coming from Victoria will be put in mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days, at their own expense. The new laws will come into effect from 12.01am on Friday.
Queensland will also close its border to all of New South Wales and the ACT from 1:00am on Saturday. Queenslanders who return after travelling there will be sent to mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. Victorians are already banned.
Television production on the East Coast sees personnel -talent, production and network staff- normally travelling interstate on a daily basis for drama, light entertainment, light entertainment, news and current affairs, sport and more.
Osher Gunsberg is currently in Melbourne for The Masked Singer which continues records until August 22. But production is also due to begin in NSW on The Bachelorette. 10 exec Stephen Tate recently noted there would be some tricky juggling, but that was before a mandatory 14 week hotel stay. The show also has judges, stylists, Warner Bros production staff (and presumably masked talent) who are NSW based.
But that’s just one example.
Q&A has filmed in both Melbourne & Sydney recently. Wentworth, now filming in Melbourne includes Sydney-based talent and staff. ABC is waiting to fire up Harrow in Brisbane. 10 wants to restart The Amazing Race across statelines (looking doubtful). Seven hopes to kick off Holey Moley production, probably in Brisbane, with SAS Australia in NSW.
On almost all of the bigger shows there are invariably personnel from interstate.
Free TV Australia recently wrote to the government requesting explicit permission for journalists and production staff to travel over state borders but was not seeking exemptions to quarantine rules.
Update: Harrow has now resumed production in Brisbane.