Covid-19: Advice for returning to production

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

Current Restrictions

As per latest Scottish Government guidance, Scotland has moved out of the COVID-19 levels system, and is now beyond Level 0. Everyone should continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

Regulations might still 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.

To stay safe and protect others we must minimise the opportunity for Coronavirus (COVID-19) to spread from one person to another.

Production Guidance

Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance should be followed at all times.

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.

From 19 July, the UK has entered a new phase in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To support the film and TV industry through this next phase, the BFC’s updated ‘Working Safely’ guidance will continue to provide advice on sensible precautions productions can take to manage risk and support their cast and crew.

From 2 August, arrivals into the UK from the USA and Europe will not need to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated. Full details can be found on the BFC's website.

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 [email protected].

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