AudioUK COVID-19 Production Guidelines

COVID-19 Production Guidelines

AudioUK is a member of the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) Broadcasting, Film and Production Working Group and has produced guidance for working safely in audio production during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance has been 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

Government ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown

On 22 February the Government made an announcement on how it intends to move England out of lockdown. You can find the full details here. Note that on 14 Jun 2021 the Government announced a four week pause at Step 3. The move to Step 4 has been moved back from 21 June until 19 July.

In the meantime and throughout the current lockdown it has remained permissible in legislation to travel to work to carry out audio production.

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