Covid-19: Advice for returning to production

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

Current Restrictions

Find out more about the lastest retsructions on the Scottish Government website.

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.

All remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions have been removed in the UK.

From 4am on Friday 18 March, all COVID-19 travel restrictions have been lifted, including the Passenger Locator Form for arrivals into UK, as well as all tests for passengers who do not qualify as vaccinated. This change, therefore, removes the need for unvaccinated passengers to take a pre-departure test and a day 2 post arrival test.

Film and HETV production is permitted under all restrictions in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This covers all aspects of the production process.

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.

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:

Caris Pittendreigh, Screen Commission Officer: +44 7967 823 599
Louise Harris, Screen Commission Officer: +44 7970 082 641