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

Published: 15 Feb 2021
Last updated: 16 Jul 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


Scotland follows a COVID-19 levels system. There are 5 levels (0-4) and each has a different set of rules.

Find out the level and rules for an area using the postcode checker.

Get information on the latest COVID-19 situation

Film and TV production can continue operating at all levels, but work 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.

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 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. 

Further advice is available from Screen Scotland.

Physical distancing

Physical distancing measures will be slowly eased to enable us to operate in a less restricted way.

When areas move down to Level 0, the following changes will apply:

  • physical distancing of 1m in outdoor settings
  • physical distancing of 1m in indoor settings

Physical distancing requirements will be removed when all areas in Scotland move beyond Level 0.

Beyond Level 0

We have set out the vaccine milestones we hope to reach over the summer, and the plan to take us out of COVID-19 restrictions. See our proposed timetable for these changes.

Our Strategic Framework update sets out what a move beyond Level 0 may look like. We will ensure that our information is clear and accessible as we enter a period where people need to make personal judgements, rather than rules set by government.

This means everyone playing their part by:

  • maintaining good hand hygiene
  • practising respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
  • wearing face coverings
  • ensuring there is good ventilation – open windows when indoors
  • continuing to engage with Test and Protect and self-isolate when symptomatic or have tested positive

A move beyond Level 0 will be conditional on all adults over 40 protected with two doses of the vaccination and a review of the epidemic being carried out ahead of the date for that move.


You can find out the COVID protection level for each local area in Scotland and get travel information on what you can and cannot do at each level, including travel within and outside Scotland – see further guidance on travel and transport.

You can find out which Level any part of Scotland is in via our postcode checker

The Scottish Government has introduced a risk assessment for international travel similar to the UK Government’s existing ‘traffic light’ system and further information on international travel and quarantine requirements can be found in our international travel guidance

From 18 January 2021, people working in film, high-end TV and TV production are no longer exempt from quarantine requirements, where applicable, if entering Scotland. See more information in our international travel guidance.

First published: 15 Feb 2021 Last updated: 16 Jul 2021 -