Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders
06/01/21

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update 5 January 2021

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that it is now imperative that everyone should comply with the message to “Stay at Home” for the duration of January.

By law, you can leave your home (or garden) only if you have a reasonable excuse to leave your home except for an essential purpose. This is similar to the lockdown of March last year. The new measures apply to those parts of Scotland currently at level four - all of mainland Scotland - and are effectively an enhancement to level four.

People are advised to work from home wherever possible. Outdoor workplaces, construction, manufacturing, veterinary services and film and TV production can remain open. They should plan for the minimum number of people needed on site to operate safely and effectively.

Any business planning to film in Scotland should ensure they are complying with relevant Scottish Government and industry safe working guidance.

Production companies are asked to provide risk assessments and evidence of their COVID procedures. 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 information 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.

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.

Thank you for your continued understanding.