Covid-19: Advice for returning to production

Guidance on working safely during COVID-19 in film and high-end TV drama production.

To stay safe and protect others we must minimise the opportunity for Coronavirus (COVID-19) to spread from one person to another. As of Friday 10 July, Scotland is in Phase 3 of the Scottish Government's route map for coming out of lockdown.

The current status of the epidemic in Scotland means that the changes in Phase 3 are being introduced in stages, rather than all at once. Further details of the plans for this phase are included in the Coronavirus Phase 3 Route Map update.

Regulations might differ between regions and local authority boundaries in Scotland and so productions should contact the appropriate regional film office to ensure any by-laws or restrictions are known as soon as possible and prior to filming.

Production Guidance

Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance should be followed at all times. The Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on film and high-end TV production overview can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-film-and-high-end-tv-production/pages/overview/

Published by the British Film Commission (BFC), the Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production guidance is central to work by the British Film Institute (BFI) led COVID-19 Task Force, of which Screen Scotland is part, on screen sector recovery initiatives.

The Guidance has been developed to help the physical production industry to protect crew and cast by adopting a safe working environment and practices in light of COVID-19 related risks; and to be able to factor in to their current health and safety assessments how changes can be made in order to achieve this.

ScreenSkills has recently launched free online training, Coronavirus basic awareness on production, designed to support screen industry workers stay safe on productions in the context of Covid-19.

Screen Commission Enquiries

For enquiries relating to filming in Scotland, you can contact our Screen Commission via email at locations@creativescotland.

As most of our staff are working from home, contact details for our Screen Commission’s remote telephone numbers are listed below:

Brodie Pringle, Head of Screen Commission: +44 7970 082 463
Caris Pittendreigh, Screen Commission Officer: +44 7967 823 599
Louise Harris, Screen Commission Officer: +44 7970 082 641