National Restrictions in England from 5 January –

Covid-secure Film & TV Production Continues

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of further National restrictions to operate throughout England from January 5th, the Secretary of State for DCMS has confirmed that whilst you should work from home unless you cannot, exemptions are in place for the creative sector which includes film & TV production.  Additionally, filming can continue to take place in the premises of businesses that are closed which is set out in the published Government Guidance here.  Therefore, both the British Film Commission and Creative England can advise that Covid-secure film and TV production operating under BFC or Broadcaster Guidance can continue in England under the new restrictions thanks to the extremely rigorous and comprehensive Covid safety protocols prepared by the British Film Commission – Download the Working Safely During Covid-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production here.


Production Guidance

On 31st October 2020, the Prime Minister announced further National restrictions to operate throughout England taking effect from Thursday 5th November.  Whilst productions have a duty to check the specifics of any local restrictions where they are working in England, the principle of the new restrictions is to enable “work” activity to continue – which includes Covid-secure film and TV production.  In addition to following national and local government advice, productions should apply the production guidance to create a safe working environment and practices in light of Covid-19 risks:

The UK Film & TV industry have a comprehensive set of Production Guidance that is being regularly reviewed against Government Guidelines at

Read the Film and High-End TV Drama Production Guidance (Coronavirus COVID-19) FAQ here.

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 continues to have 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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