Covid-19 Guidance Update

Cast and crew working on film and HETV projects should continue to follow the British Film Commission’s Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production guidance, the production’s own COVID-19 protocols and the production-specific Risk Assessment.  From February 24th suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate by law.  However, anyone who tests positive is advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days, and then continue to follow guidance until they have received two negative test results on consecutive days. Those testing positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to inform their close contacts so that they can follow the relevant guidance.


Production Guidance

The UK Film & TV industry have a comprehensive set of Production Guidance, which practices are now established and followed by studios and productions, who all seek to prioritise the safety of cast, crew and public.  To implement, productions should consider guidance when formulating their own policies and procedures and additionally complete risk assessments to effectively communicate the measures necessary across the business to reduce the transmission risk of Covid-19.

For smaller independent productions, the guidance is a comprehensive and detailed manual designed to generate safe working environments for productions of different budgets, crew sizes and production conditions.  It is not designed to be ‘one size fits all’ guidance but a full set of robust measures which productions can adapt for their own specific schedules, cast and crews.


For more information on Filming in Public Locations, follow this link for our Covid-19 Action List – Filming on Location: Code of Practice

We have also collated a useful Covid-19 resource list including cleaning companies and Health & Safety companies – Covid-19 Industry Resource List

Working in the screen industry during COVID-19

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on our sector and everyone working in it.  The BFI’s COVID-19: screen sector Q&A sets out the information and guidance on COVID-19 and its impact on the sector at large. It also signposts to the Government’s significant programme of fiscal support for individuals and businesses.

Industry Support Funds

For information on funds which remain fully open, including a temporary new fund for UK independent productions unavoidably interrupted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic –

For available financial support:


Mental Health Support

THE FILM & TV CHARITY – For anyone seeking immediate mental health support then we urge you to contact 24/7 helpline on 0800 054 0000 – free support given day and night:


ScreenSkills is dedicated to helping the UK screen workforce during these challenging times by continuing to develop skills:

ScreenSkills & Skills for Health have now launched a new basic awareness training for COVID-19, available now for all production crew: 


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