Step 4 Covid-19 Roadmap:

Covid-secure Film & TV Production Continues in England

England moved to the final stage of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown on 19 July 2021, with Covid-19 legal restrictions ending.  Whilst this means the adoption of production guidance is no longer mandatory, it is recommended that productions continue to operate as they have been doing, applying industry Covid-19 guidance in line with the production’s own Covid-19 protocols and risk assessment to provide an effective measure against both health and business continuity issues.  The BFC’s incredibly rigorous Covid-secure Film and High-end TV production guidance enabled our sector to restart swiftly and safely and remains in place.  Practices are now established and followed by studios and productions, who all seek to prioritise the safety of cast, crew and public.  In the long term, we expect that productions will need to take fewer precautions to manage the risk of Covid-19 and guidance will be kept under review, and removed once it is safe to do so. 


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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