Fury over Kidman’s quarantine exemption

Nicole Kidman has been allowed to skip quarantine to film a TV series despite having been in virus-ravaged Sydney, and people aren’t thrilled.

Nicole Kidman has been granted a coronavirus quarantine exemption in Hong Kong to film her latest TV series, much to the dismay of some locals.

Hong Kong’s government said that it has granted a quarantine exemption to an individual to perform “designated professional work” following reports that the 54-year-old Oscar winner did not have to spend time in quarantine when she arrived in the city to film a TV series.

“The case in discussion has been granted permission to travel to Hong Kong with a quarantine exemption for the purpose of performing designated professional work, taking into account that it is conducive to maintaining the necessary operation and development of Hong Kong’s economy,” the government said in a statement, without identifying the actress by name.

It said people granted such exemptions must comply with disease prevention measures to minimise transmission risks and contact with the public.

The Australian actress, who reportedly flew into Hong Kong from virus-hit Sydney, Australia, was spotted out and about in the city this week.

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She is in the country to film a new Amazon Prime Video series called Expats.

Deadline reports that Kidman is also an executive producer on the series through her Blossom Films. It is based on The Expatriates book by Janice Y.K. Lee.

Her quarantine exemption comes as Hong Kong tightened entry restrictions, requiring those arriving from high-risk countries such as the US to spend 21 days in quarantine and fully vaccinated travellers from medium-risk countries to spend 14 days starting Friday.

“So we have HK residents who can’t come back if not vaccinated (and even then with 2-3 weeks quarantine) but Nicole Kidman can just enter like this? It’s disgusting!” wrote one user on Twitter.

The city previously allowed travellers from medium-risk countries to stay just seven days in quarantine at designated hotels if they are fully vaccinated and had a positive antibodies test.

Kidman has been based in Australia with her husband Keith Urban and their children for most of the Covid-19 pandemic, where she recently shot her latest series, Nine Perfect Strangers, in Byron Bay.

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Urban, for his part, has been filming The Voice Australia in Sydney.

This story originally appeared on Fox News and has been reproduced here with permission

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