Publication - Advice and guidance

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

Published: 30 Oct 2020
Last updated: 30 Oct 2020 - 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.)  As at 2 November 2020 there were no restrictions on TV and film production operating at all levels of the framework as long as the production followed 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.

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: 30 Oct 2020 Last updated: 30 Oct 2020 -