COVID-19 Level 3 Policy

  1. Do not come to work/onto set if you are sick, or awaiting a COVID test.
  2. You must sign in using this app 
  3. All crew must have completed a Health Declaration form 
  4. You must wear a mask at all times 
  5. Distancing provides another layer of protection. Even with PPE, please maintain 1 metre with your co-workers and at least 2 metres with people you don’t know. 
  6. All catered food will be pre-packaged 
  7. Keep gear stashes to a minimum. 
  8. Crew should keep the majority of their equipment inside workstations/ vehicles.  
  9. Each person should travel in their own car, and return home in that same car. RIDE SHARING IS NOT PERMITTED.
  10. Wash or sanitise your hands as soon as you enter any of our buildings or sets. 
  11. No sharing of personal devices or stationery. 
  12. Maintain good hygiene practises and wash your hands regularly. 
  13. No use of any kitchen facilities.
  14. Please wipe down all surfaces that have come into regular contact with antibacterial spray. This includes:
    1. equipment handles
    2. cupboard drawer handles 
    3. light switches 
    4. door handles

Detailed Guidelines from ScreenSafe

Personal Hygiene

  • Any worker who feels even slightly unwell must not come to work. If unwell at work
  • they must go home.
  • If someone you are in regular close contact with feels unwell or has symptoms discuss with the production before coming to work. It may be safest to not come to work.
  • If you or someone you are in regular close contact have a serious health condition or compromised immunity, please consider this before accepting work.
  • If a worker displays any of the symptoms of COVID 19, please call Healthline immediately (0800 358 5453) or your doctor. Production and the Health & Safety Departments must also be notified. And all close contact workers to be identified.
  • If a person or persons are confirmed or probable cases of COVID 19, site closure(s) should be considered. This decision should be made on the advice of a public health officials based on the information on the extent of the exposure.

Physical Distancing:

  • Keep crew sizes as small as possible.
  • In a Controlled Environment (available hand sanitiser/PP, and cleaning and crew health screening and contact tracing procedures in place) the minimum separation is 1 metre between people so far as reasonably practicable.
  • In an Uncontrolled Environment (public spaces and shops, etc.) the minimum separation is 2 metre between people not in your work bubble so far as reasonably practicable.
  • A Close Proximity Environment is NOT possible in Level 3.


  • No communal travel
  • Where this is not possible, a mask or face covering should be worn and physical distancing must be adhered to and vehicles should be cleaned prior to and after used.
  • Crew who travel together should always be part of the same work bubble.
  • No recycling air, clean air fan inlet only, open windows where possible.
  • A passenger log must be kept for shared vehicles.
  • Shared vehicles should not be used outside work unless thoroughly sanitised.

Location Filming

  • For public spaces, a council permit will be required - even for 1-person crew. 
  • Councils require a comprehensive Covid-19 Plan and ScreenSafe registration in order to issue filming permits.
  • If interacting with the public (pop vox interviews, etc.) make sure you get all necessary contact details for contact tracing purposes (you will probably need to supply hand sanitiser, etc.).
  • Make sure you follow all H&S and Covid-19 guidelines provided by location owner or contact, including hygiene, PPE requirements (face mask, gloves, hard hats, etc.), contact tracing and physical distancing protocols.
  • Bring your own hand and equipment sanitiser and appropriate PPE (face mask, gloves, hard hats, etc.)
  • Wear a mask or face covering whenever practicable.
  • A site log must be created for all locations or studios with sign in/out by all attendees.

Set Protocol

  • A H&S and Covid-19 briefing should be held at each location/studio.
  • Locations/sets should be treated as closed sets, with essential crew on set only.
  • Create a zone around the camera with only one person within the zone at a time.
  • A 1 meter distance to cast and other crew (DOP, grips, lighting crew) must be adhered to.
  • Any approach to the camera should be controlled by 1st AC or Operator/DOP.
  • DOP/Operator should step away from camera when adjustments needed by 1st
  • AC/Grip/Sounds (though preferably just the 1st AC to make adjustments)
  • To avoid on-set congestions, liaise with other crew for appropriate times for making adjustments or bringing on additional gear.
  • Allow other departments time and space to complete their work.
  • Remote Focus, Cine Tape and wireless video should be considered to achieve required physical distancing.
  • Slating must only be done where physical distancing is achievable.
  • Digital camera notes/sheets are preferred to hand-written ones.
  • Additional monitors may be required to achieve physical distancing for key crew needing to watch a block-through or shoot.
  • For enclosed shooting sets, please ensure regular aeration, open windows when possible. It is recommend that crew are allowed time during the day to get fresh air.
  • Air conditioning should be run on fresh air setting, not on recirculate.

Camera Cards & Rushes Drives

  • Camera cards should be handed over in transit cases that are sanitised before handover and Cards should be sanitised before return.
  • Appropriate Rushes Drives handling procedure to be developed by each production to ensure safety of anyone handling cards and of the rushes themselves.
  • Rushes Drives should be sanitised before being handed over to another person.
  • A secure transfer case is recommended with appropriate sanitation performed between hand-offs.
  • Consider sending a single drive with all data rather than sending multiple camera cards and a sound card to post.
  • Contactless drop off to post houses is recommended.

Equipment & Kit

  • Hired equipment requires contactless pickup (designated pickup area or night box, etc.)
  • Gear should be sanitised per supplier instructions prior to return.
  • Personal kits should be cleaned at the end of each day.
  • Magliners, trolleys and other shared kit must be regularly cleaned/sanitised
  • Hands to be washed/sanitised regularly
  • Consider a tag system for identifying cleaned equipment/cards/drives to save time
  • Everything should live cleaned in a case. Assume cases/handles are always exposed and require hand washing after handling.

Managing Physical Distancing:

  • No close contact work (less than 1m) is permitted at Level 3.
  • Please make sure you can achieve at least 1m physical distancing to other crew or cast (including vox pop subjects). If in an uncontrolled public space, 2m may be required.
  • Radio mic’ing of talent is not possible at Level 3 (due to physical distancing restrictions).
  • Be sensitive to the talent’s requests in regards to Covid-19 so they feel comfortable.

Catering and Snacks

  • Crew should self-cater or be provided with individually supplied food boxes from a trusted supplier.
  • Consider single use bottles, plates and cutlery, but only if personal water bottles, keep cups and/or compostable products are not available.
  • No sharing of food. No double-handling of food.

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