AudioUK COVID-19 Production Guidelines

COVID-19 guidance from 19 July 2021

Please note that from 19 July England moved to Step 4 of the government roadmap.

Most rules and restrictions will be removed and there will be more choices for individual workplaces to make.

Transport for London has said that face coverings will remain compulsory on all of its services.

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

It has been reported that some television productions have been halted due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Audio producers may therefore wish 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 and 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.

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