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

Published: 15 Feb 2021
Last updated: 19 May 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 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Strategic Framework (updated February 2021) and the revised protection levels tables.  Businesses should check 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.) 

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

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.


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: 19 May 2021 -