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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on film and TV production

Published: 18 Jan 2021
Last updated: 18 Jan 2021 - see all updates

Guidance on the safe re-opening of film and TV production during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on film and TV production


Any business planning a film or TV production in Scotland should first check the Strategic Framework and the protective level allocated to the area(s) where they will work, which will dictate the measures to be observed. (See more in the next section on Restrictions on Operating in Scotland.) 

To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, the Scottish Government announced further tightening of restrictions in Level 4 areas from 5 January 2021 (see Coronavirus (COVID-19): stay at home guidance). Film and TV production can continue operating at all levels and under these further restrictions, but should be done with the minimum number of people needed to operate safely and effectively and in compliance with all relevant Scottish Government and industry safe working guidance.

From 18 January 2021, passengers travelling to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area must have a valid negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than three days before the scheduled time of departure. This will be checked by operators, and passengers with a positive test result or an invalid certificate will be refused boarding. Read more about testing for people travelling to Scotland

From 18 January 2021, people working in film, high-end TV and TV production are no longer exempt from quarantine requirements if entering Scotland. This means they must self-isolate in one place for 10 days and should not go out to work. See more about the requirements for self-isolating in Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and quarantine - (

The British Film Commission has produced guidance on film and high-end TV productionGuidance for domestic TV production has been produced by the UK TV industry. This is supplemented by protocols for close cohort working.

The industry should read this guidance in conjunction with Scottish Government guidance on wider public health and fair work principles. This will ensure that industry guidance is applied in line with Scotland’s approach to moving out of lockdown as set out in our road map.

This is provided as guidance only and does not amount to legal advice. Businesses and employers may wish to seek their own advice to ensure compliance with all legal requirements. 

Our website has the most up-to-date advice and guidance on COVID-19.

Further advice is available from Screen Scotland.

First published: 18 Jan 2021 Last updated: 18 Jan 2021 -