AudioUK COVID-19 Production Guidelines

COVID-19 guidance from 30 November 2021

Please note that from 30 November England moved to some greater restrictions regarding the use of face coverings, making them compulsory in transport hubs and on public transport and in shops and shopping centres.

You can find the government update on guidance after 19 July here – it details steps that businesses should take including in office environments. There are also links to all of the subsequent amendments. It also has links to Wales, Scotland and N Ireland.

Audio producers are advised to continue to act cautiously and follow much of the advice on our latest guidelines.

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 teh 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 COVID-19-Returning-to-Production-Guidance.

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