On 31 October Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a month-long national lockdown for England to commence on Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. The intention of this lockdown is to manage infection rates whilst enabling "work" activity to continue - including COVID-secure film and television production.
As set out on GOV.UK, workers who cannot work from home should go to their place of work. This means that even in these circumstances film and television production can continue.
Film and television production is also permitted under current restrictions in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Employers should continue to check the specifics of any restrictions where they are working.
British Film Commission’s ‘Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production’ guidance will be updated to reflect changes to the regulations and HM Government guidance later this week.
The Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has confirmed:
The changes mean people should work from home where possible. But where this is not possible, travel to a place of work will be permitted - e.g. this includes (but not exhaustive) elite sport played behind closed doors, film & tv production, telecoms workers.
Responding to the Government’s announcement, Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission, said:
"Despite the extraordinary and difficult circumstances surrounding this second national lockdown, it’s a great relief to see confirmation from the Culture Secretary that we have Government’s support to continue Film and TV Production in the UK during lockdown, so long as productions are safely working within the extremely rigorous and comprehensive COVID safety guidance prepared by the British Film Commission, developed in liaison with Government and industry."
COVID-19 Filming Guidance
Please note that in relation to COVID-19, Screen Yorkshire advises productions that all filming takes place within the current UK Government regulations and adheres to safe working practices outlined in the relevant film and TV industry specialist guidance:
- Film & High-end TV Drama: British Film Commission
- TV Production: PACT/UK Broadcasters
- Commercials: Advertising Producers Association
If you have an questions or concerns relating to filming please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org .