RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GETTING BACK TO FILMING AFTER COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

The UK government laid out the new regulations on 22nd Jan 2021 which set out the roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions. For more information see here. For summary see below

March 8
-Two people from different households will be allowed to meet in a public place, which is already currently allowed for exercise only.
-The ‘Stay at Home’ order will remain in place.

March 29
-Outdoor gatherings of either six people or a larger group from up to two households will be allowed. This includes meetings in private gardens.
-Outdoor sports facilities – tennis and basketball courts – can reopen and people take part in “formally organised” outdoor sports, both children and adults.
-The ‘Stay at Home’ order will end, and people will be encouraged to stay local.
-People will be allowed to leave their local area from March 29, but will not be able to stay overnight.
-People will still be asked to work from home where possible and there won’t be any overseas travel allowed apart from exemptions.

April 12 (at earliest)
-Reopening of non-essential shops
-Most outdoor attractions and settings also reopen including hospitality.
-Indoor gyms can reopen but no classes will take place.
-Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings. You wouldn’t be able to have indoor mixing between households
-The two households or Rule of 6 will apply when meeting friends in a public place

May 17
-The two household/ rules of six requirements will still be in place, however, indoor mixing will be allowed again.
-Indoors, there will be a rule of six or a larger group from up to two households can meet indoors – but this will be kept under review.
-Inside of pubs and restaurants open at this point along with entertainment such as cinemas, children’s play areas, accommodation (hotels and B&Bs) and indoor adult sports groups and exercise classes.
-If meeting friends in the pub, it’s the rule of six or 2 households. But those restrictions are removed if you’re in the beer garden.
-Performances/sporting events: larger performances and sporting events in indoor events with a capacity of 1,000 or half full (whichever smaller) will be allowed.
-Outdoors, the capacity of 4,000 people allowed, or half full, again whichever is smaller.
-Largest outdoor seated venues e.g. biggest football stadiums, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend – or a quarter full, whichever is lower. So 10k can go to Wembley Stadium
-Up to 30 people able to attend weddings, receptions, and wakes as well as funerals and other life events permitted including Bar Mitzvahs and christenings.

June 21
-Hopefully, rules on social contact can be removed, and hope to reopen those final closed sectors of the economy, some of which didn’t open last summer, like nightclubs.
-There may also be a lifting of restriction on large events and performances.
-On the whole, working from home will be advised until June 21.

All the dates are subject to meeting the criteria and will be under constant review.

UKAP has been working hard to develop the three parts of the COVID-19 safety toolkit.
This is to the help the industry through COVID-19 and knowing the regulation updates.

  1. Here is the latest version of the recommendations: Recommendations for getting back to filming after COVID-19 lockdown 0.3
  2. Here is a template for a COVID-19 risk assessment: COVID-19 Risk Assessment
  3. Here is a template for a legal waiver regarding COVID-19: COVID-19 legal waiver

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Recommendations version 0.3 amendments 21st October 2020

We updated the current government guidelines to include UK’s 3 tier COVID19 alert levels. 

Section 9: Information added on NHS COVID19 app

Section 10: Information added on track and trace and QR codes

Section 12: Gathering and parties updated – For more info see here

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Recommedations version 0.2 amendments 15th June 2020

Section 7: Guidance added for travelling restrictions and quarantine considerations