Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have divided fans since arriving in Australia on Monday, after it emerged that they had been granted permission to self-isolate in their Southern Highlands estate instead of going through the mandatory quarantine of the hotel.
And a new poll by Daily Mail Australia shows that the public has very little sympathy for the A-list couple – despite Nicole being in the country to produce a TV show that will give the A-list an economic boost. struggling local film industry. .
The 53-year-old Oscar-winning actress was recently given the green light to film her new series, Nine Perfect Strangers, in Australia, which is expected to create hundreds of local jobs when filming begins on August 10.
However, survey results show that only 19% of people claim the couple are granted an exemption from the strict COVID-19 quarantine rules.
In stark contrast, 81% of readers said “everyone should be treated the same,” regardless of their celebrity status.
The results are as follows: 80% of Daily Mail readers say Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban SHOULD have quarantined in a hotel like everyone else – as they self-isolate in their 6.5 million estate of dollars. Photographed arriving in Sydney on a previous visit in December
The vast majority were against the Tennessee-based couple and their daughters, Sunday, 12, and Faith, nine, receiving special permission from the New South Wales government to self-isolate at their home, after robbing to Australia by private jet.
Only 426 people voted in favor of Nicole and Keith’s plans to help the local film industry thrive in times of need.
After news of their exemption grabbed the headlines, some Australians angrily suggested that COVID-19 travel restrictions only appear to affect ordinary people, not the rich and famous.
It comes after Victoria registered 374 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday and pressure increases in NSW to enforce similar lockdown rules to avoid a second wave of the deadly virus.
Nicole and Keith have been allowed to self-isolate at their home instead of staying in a state-approved hotel for 14 days, which the vast majority of international arrivals must do amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Help: Actress Nicole, 53, was recently given the green light to film her new TV series, Nine Perfect Strangers, in Australia, which is expected to create hundreds of jobs when filming begins on August 10.
Not happy: However, new poll results show only 19% of people support couple’s exemption from strict COVID-19 travel restrictions
However, their freedom to return home straight after a long-haul flight from the United States, where there have been nearly four million confirmed cases of COVID-19, has divided their fan base.
Despite this exception, the couple still have to spend 14 days at home under Australian coronavirus rules.
According to the NSW government website, people returning from overseas are only exempt from staying in a quarantine hotel if there are “ medical, health or compassionate grounds. ”
The couple’s arrival Down Under comes after Nicole was given the green light to film their new TV series, Nine Perfect Strangers, in Australia.
The production, based on Liane Moriarty’s 2018 novel, is said to inject $ 100 million into the struggling local film industry by creating hundreds of jobs.
‘Unfair’: After news of their exemption hit the headlines, some Australians angrily suggested that COVID-19 travel restrictions only appear to affect ordinary people, not the rich and famous
Strict COVID-19 restrictions are in place, according to local press reports, and production is based out of Nicole and Keith’s home in the Southern Highlands.
Actors and crew members flying from overseas or between states will be quarantined in a hotel for 14 days upon arrival in New South Wales.
Nicole and her fellow producers will also be responsible for paying all medical and safety costs.
The limited series is produced by Nicole’s production company, Blossom Films, alongside Big Little Lies collaborators Bruna Papandrea and David E. Kelley.
Nicole will also star in the series with Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans and Manny Jacinto.
Commitments: The couple’s arrival Down Under comes after Nicole is given the green light to film their new TV series, Nine Perfect Strangers, in Australia [Pictured September 2019]
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph on Sunday, the acclaimed actress said she was ‘thrilled’ to be able to breathe new life into the local film industry.
“This is a great opportunity for me to give back to the community that has nourished me for so much of my career,” she said.
The series will tell the story of nine stressed city dwellers who escape to a wellness retreat led by the character of Nicole.
Filming will begin on August 10 and will last 19 weeks.
‘Excellent opportunity’: Speaking to the Daily Telegraph on Sunday, the acclaimed actress said she was ‘thrilled’ to be able to breathe new life into the local film industry