Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders
24/09/20

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update 6 November 2020

Scottish Government has increased measures against the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland. Social gatherings are restricted to 6 people from 2 households, and social visits to other people's houses have been banned. From a filmmaking perspective, this impacts non-commercial, personal filmmaking.

From a commercial/professional filmmaking point of view, production companies are asked to provide risk assessments and evidence of the COVID guidelines that they are adhering to. Productions filming in public places should ensure they can comply with Scottish Government guidelines, and check the Covid annexe to Edinburgh's Code of Practice for Filming for further practical guidance about safe filming in public places.

In this period of uncertainty, we want to assure you that Film Edinburgh is open and here to provide advice to support productions considering filming in Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders.

Many productions have inevitably been postponed but we look forward to a busy period when restrictions relax and projects are able to get back in to production.

In the meantime, we are on hand to give assistance in all areas such as locations, permissions, crew and facilities, and would like to keep connecting filmmakers with the region's talents behind the camera as well as the fantastic range of film-friendly locations that the Edinburgh city region is renowned for. You can help us in this.

If you are a freelancer working in the local screen sector, help us demonstrate the range and depth of local crew and production services by registering free of charge in our online Production Guide.

If you own a property that you think is fit for the screen, register here.

If you already have a record with us, please feel free to update your record by contacting us.

FILMING IN EDINBURGH, EAST LOTHIAN AND THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

We are all subject to the on-going Government restrictions programme and understand the impact this is having on filmmakers and the difficult circumstances that arise as a result. Councils have to adhere to the current ban on public gatherings and the operation of venues and public buildings. We will continue to reflect, and act upon, the Scottish Government's public instruction.

On 1 November, Edinburgh moved in to Tier 3 of Scotland's Covid-19 management plan.

Work which cannot be done at home can continue, following sector guidelines for COVID safety.

In Tier 3 local authority areas, indoors and outdoors pubs, restaurants and cafes are open for food and non-alcoholic drinks, with venues closing at 6pm. Groups of up to 6 people from no more than 2 households can meet indoors or outdoors.

Face coverings must be worn on public transport and indoors retail and hospitality.

Production activity in this phase should maintain a 2 metre distance, choosing locations that will allow for physical distancing. Safe, free-flowing public passage must be ensured.

Local authorities are urged to plan for the responsible use of public space, such as removing unnecessary street furniture, designing systems to manage queuing and pedestrian thoroughfares, and implementing adequate measures to support physical distancing. Priority is to be given to safe public access in public spaces.

Production must comply with the latest advice provided by the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland, as well as UK sector guidance for High End TV / Feature Films, Broadcast TV Production or Advertising.

Thank you for your understanding.