Covid restrictions in England
The UK Government has lifted COVID-19 restrictions in England but continues to advise that people take precautions against contracting the virus: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Face coverings are no longer required by law, although public health guidance recommended individuals should continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where they may come into contact with people they do not normally meet will remain in place.
Transport for London no longer requires mandatory face coverings to be worn on its services and in its stations but does strongly recommend them – more here: https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/face-coverings
Venues and events are no longer be required by law to use the NHS Covid Pass. However, the Pass will remain available on the NHS App as some venues may still voluntarily choose to require proof of COVID status as a condition of entry to reduce risk for attendees and staff.
UK/England Government resources can be found here: https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/
Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19
Audio producers are advised to continue to act cautiously and follow much of the advice on our latest guidelines (link below).
The government is calling on everyone to support the booster programme to avoid the NHS being overloaded and to keep the economy open.
Businesses can help in the following ways:
- Encouraging employees to get a booster (or first and second jab) and supporting them to do it in the best possible way – this might include giving them time off to get the jab.
- Promoting the booster campaign to their customers/supply chain/stakeholder networks. For example using their websites to promote the booster campaign and using their shop fronts to put up communications materials etc.
COVID-19 Production Guidelines
AudioUK was a member of the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) Broadcasting, Film and Production Working Group which operated during much of 2020. Working with the group, AudioUK produced guidance for working safely in audio production during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance was prepared in consultation with DCMS and with input from audio professionals, content producers and broadcasters, the music industry, industry bodies, unions and the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
AudioUK also ensured that audio production was specifically named in legislation as a working activity which could continue during the lockdown period.
Our guidance provides background information and risk assessment guidance for professional audio production, including making audio content for radio broadcast, podcasting, audiobooks and activities such as studio hire for the above. The guidelines include detail on compliance with essential requirements as well as additional considerations which may need to be addressed depending on the nature of your business or activities.
Download the latest version of our Safe Working in Audio Production Guidance here: https://www.audiouk.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/AudioUK-COVID-19-Production-Guidance-24.2.22.pdf
Please refer back here on a regular basis as our guidelines will be being regularly updated in accordance with the latest Government guidance.
A new COVID-19 variant is spreading in some parts of England. There may be additional advice for your area. You can find out what you should do here
Mental Health advice
A number of members have asked for advice on tackling mental health issues in the current highly pressured environment. Alongside the Audiotrain event above, we wanted to share this link from the mental health charity, Mind, on mental health at work. There’s helpful advice for yourself, for your staff, and also details of the training and support they offer.
Commenting on this guidance: if you would like to make any suggestion on how we could improve this guidance please email firstname.lastname@example.org