Actors flying into the UK will have to abide by Government quarantine rules before they can begin filming and will have daily symptom checks under new production guidance aimed at reviving Britain’s film and TV industry and preventing the spread of Covid-19.
Stars will also be encouraged to avoid performing face-to-face if social distancing is not possible and will be asked to drive themselves to filming, rather than using chauffeur-driven cars.
From June 8 all residents and visitors entering the country will have to provide their journey and contact details and will be required to self-isolate for the first 14 days they are in the UK.
The British Film Commission’s production guidance for film and high-end TV drama follows a global industry consultation and has been welcomed by the Government.
It is produced as part of wider BFI Screen Sector Covid-19 Task Force recovery initiatives and is advisory rather than mandatory, with producers encouraged to apply the guidance according to each project’s specific needs.
The film and TV industry has been devastated by the global pandemic, with productions all over the world suspended, putting thousands of people out of work.
The guidance suggests all cast and crew are given Covid-19 safe working induction training, and a specific Covid-19 health and safety supervisor is allocated for all productions.
Cast and crews should have daily symptom checks and productions are encouraged to consider designating a trained person to take each crew member’s temperature daily within production quarantine or isolation zones.