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Simon Pegg covers up in a mask and shades as he steps out in Venice

Filming has resumed on Mission Impossible 7, after production was halted due to 12 people on set reportedly testing positive for COVID-19. 

And Simon Pegg was seen stepping out for a walk through Venice on Thursday, where he was met with a small number of fans who requested his autograph.

The Hot Fuzz star, 50, appeared to be trying to keep a low profile as he wore a pair of dark shades and a beanie alongside his face mask, that he kept on to stay safe amid the coronavirus crisis. 

Covering up: Simon Pegg tried to keep a low profile in a face mask, shades and a beanie as he stepped out in Venice on Thursday afternoon

Simon kept his look casual for the outing as he wore a black t-shirt that had Studio Ghibli characters Totoro, No Face, and Jiji amongst others printed on the front.

He paired the top with a pair of green khaki trousers and stepped out in a pair of white trainers that were featured a star print. 

During his outing, Simon was stopped by a small group of fans who politely asked him for autographs and photos while also keeping a safe distance from him.

Friendly: During his outing, Simon was stopped by a small group of fans who politely asked him for autographs and photos while also keeping a safe distance from him

Friendly: During his outing, Simon was stopped by a small group of fans who politely asked him for autographs and photos while also keeping a safe distance from him

Last week, Simon’s co-star Tom Cruise held crisis talks with Mission Impossible 7 director Christopher McQuarrie days after 12 people on set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.  

Health chiefs were said to be tracing the contacts of those who tested positive after filming was suspended, dashing hopes it was an isolated case. 

It appeared to be yet another blow for the action movie franchise after filming was suspended earlier this year during the first European wave of coronavirus when cases rose sharply in Italy.

The actor and the director, who worked together on previous Mission Impossible movies and Jack Reacher, were deep in conversation at their luxury base in the city, days after the situation came to light, but filming has now been allowed to continue with production restarting on Monday.

Production halted: Last week, Simon's co-star Tom Cruise(pictured in October) held crisis talks with the film's director days after 12 people on set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

Production halted: Last week, Simon’s co-star Tom Cruise(pictured in October) held crisis talks with the film’s director days after 12 people on set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

In October The Sun reported 150 extras for the film were informed they were not to come in to shoot scenes that were on the filming schedule for the evening.

While no official reason was given for the sudden decision, it was claimed a coronavirus test had come back positive from the production so filming needed to be suspended temporarily.

A source speaking to the publication claimed: ‘There are about 150 extras involved in the filming and late on Thursday they were all told not to turn up for work and they would be notified when they would be allowed back on set. 

‘No official reason has been given but it’s feared it’s down to COVID and this will be the second time the production has been hit because of the virus.’ 

Outbreak: Health chiefs were said to be tracing the contacts of those who tested positive after filming was suspended, but production has now been allowed to resume as of Monday

Outbreak: Health chiefs were said to be tracing the contacts of those who tested positive after filming was suspended, but production has now been allowed to resume as of Monday

Crew also urged members of the public to remain socially distanced from one another as they waited to see the stars, while Tom and director Christopher are also said to have made the request.

Shortly after, The Sun reported that health chiefs were tracing contacts of at least 12 people who tested positive from the set after filming was suspended, dashing hopes it was an isolated case. 

MailOnline contacted Paramount Pictures and Tom Cruise’s representatives for comment at the time. 

Filming was suspended in Venice after the first case emerged but producers hoped it would be an isolated case, and they planned for shooting to start again late last month.

A health official said at the time: ‘It is important that we track and trace all of the contacts of these people to keep the infection under control.’

The Sun reported sets were seen being dismantled in the city’s Palazzo Ducale after the incident, however filming has now begun to take place once more. 

Earlier this year, filming for the upcoming action movie was halted in Italy after cases of coronavirus rose sharply

Delays: In October, it was reported 150 extras for the film were informed they were not to come in to shoot scenes that were on the schedule (Tom and co-star Hayley Atwell pictured in Rome)

Delays: In October, it was reported 150 extras for the film were informed they were not to come in to shoot scenes that were on the schedule (Tom and co-star Hayley Atwell pictured in Rome)

The crew and actors headed to Norway to film ever since, before returning to the Italian capital to continue with scenes once it was safe to do so.

It was reported this summer that Hollywood legend Tom hired a £500,000 ship for the film’s crew in Norway to avoid any coronavirus-related delays.

The filming had already been delayed for months after COVID-19 spread across Italy, where production had been based in March, leading the release date to be pushed back to November 2021.

‘They are terrified of further delays. Tom is determined not to see any more hold-ups. The studio believes it will keep everyone safe and get this shoot wrapped up’, a source told The Sun earlier this summer.

Frustrating: Filming was already delayed for months after COVID-19 spread across Italy, where production had been based in March, leading the release to be pushed to November 2021

Frustrating: Filming was already delayed for months after COVID-19 spread across Italy, where production had been based in March, leading the release to be pushed to November 2021

It was recently claimed that Tom was ‘exempt from Norway’s quarantine rules’ as he restarted filming in the Scandinavian country.   

The media personality revealed how ‘excited’ he was to start shooting the latest instalment of the franchise in a phone call with Norway’s Minister of Culture Abid Raja.

Simon stars as IMF technician Benji Dunn in the Mission Impossible franchise, reprising his role for the fifth time in the much-anticipated upcoming movie 

Mission Impossible 7 will be released on November 19, 2021.

Delays: The film is scheduled for released on November 19 2021

Delays: The film is scheduled for released on November 19 2021

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