New COVID-19 Rules and the Impact on U.K. Production

September 23, 2020 | Movie News

An increase in COVID-19 cases has threatened the progress made in the film and TV industry this last quarter.

The latest government restrictions will have less impact on the production studios sectors, for now.
The industry had been awaiting news of stricter measures, so the new restrictions and guidelines have come as a relief to certain sectors of the economy and that the new rules aren’t shutting the industry down.

That said, Robert Pattison, the new ‘Batman’ suffered some COVID-19 shutdowns, luckily, production were able to resume and continue under the guidelines weeks later.

The latest rules have little to no major impact on filming, as long as crews adhere to COVID- guidelines, which is now a legal requirement.

Adrian Wooten CEO of Film London and the BFC explains. “It’s business as usual for film and high-end TV production in all four U.K.
nations who are operating within appropriate industry guidelines in COVID-secure settings,”

Wootton, who helped compile the production guidelines in the spring as part of the BFI Screen Sector Taskforce, said measures were “designed to be rigorous, with thorough, comprehensive recommendations around social distancing and personal hygiene.”

“We know U.K. productions have been following [the guidelines] when restarting production. Studios and streamers also have their own extremely rigorous protocols, which sit alongside BFC guidance, as well as production-specific risk assessments,” said Wootton.