Air travel in 2020. It’s for the birds. And mega-rich celebrities who can afford to charter their own private jets. Like Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, who flew from Tennessee to Sydney with their two daughters, Sunday, 12, and Faith, 9.
The Daily Mail says that the rules in the Australian state of New South Wales dictate that (the vast majority of) people traveling from outside the country must quarantine in state-approved hotels for 14 days. But the Kidman-Urbans were granted special permission to self-isolate at home. So, after a health check at the Sydney airport, the family drove to their estate in the Southern Highlands.
The Mail says that Nicole went back to her homeland to shoot her new show Nine Perfect Strangers, and that cast and crew members flying in will have to be quarantined.
The couple’s arrival Down Under comes after Nicole was given the green light to film her new TV series, Nine Perfect Strangers, in Australia. The production, based on the 2018 novel by Liane Moriarty, will reportedly inject $100million into the struggling local film industry by creating hundreds of jobs. Strict COVID-19 restrictions are in place, according to local news reports, and production is based out of Nicole and Keith Urban’s Southern Highlands home.
Cast and crew members flying from overseas or interstate will be made to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days upon their arrival in NSW. Nicole and her fellow producers will also be responsible for paying all medical and security costs.
Some internet people were pissed. Why should the uber-rich (like the little sister of the one, true Kylie, Dannii Minogue) not have to follow lockdown rules like regular Aussie schmucks? Especially when the country’s in the middle of a new outbreak, after recording their highest daily numbers since late March (425 new cases just this past Friday). Nicole’s supporters say self-isolating at home instead of a hotel doesn’t really make a difference.
I mean, a sprawling $6.5 million estate in the Australian countryside with a pool, tennis court, and gym sounds a helluva lot better than a Holiday Inn near the airport. Although I’d miss the daily fresh towels. And those little jars of ketchup that come with room service.
But we’re all forgetting one important fact. How can Nicole get special treatment, when she’s not even a celebrity?