Cranbrook Communications COVID-19 Information

and Shooting Guidelines

Due to COVID-19 Cranbrook Communications have updated their filming guidelines to  adhere to Government advice to minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

Medical Information

Some medical context on COVID-19:

  • The time between exposure to COVID-19 and the moment when the symptoms start is commonly around five to six days but can range from one to 14 days.
  • COVID-19 is transmitted from infected people’s respiratory secretions (coughs/sneezes) reaching the nose, eyes or mouth.
  • The most common symptoms are fever, coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath, less common symptoms are diarrhoea and abdominal pain.
  • Some people with COVID-19 suffer or show no apparent symptoms. Asymptomatic sufferers may still be infected and strong scientific evidence says that they can transmit the virus too.
  • COVID-19 can also survive on surfaces and be transmitted from them.

Key Principles

The purpose of social distancing and PPE is to break transmission of the virus and reduce the risk of infection. We should operate on the basis that we all have the potential to be asymptomatic carriers and must adhere to the safety principles to minimise risk. Therefore the following essential rules are based on current UK Government guidelines and must be adhered to:

  • Maintain social distancing wherever possible – two metres apart (six feet).
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser for at least 20 seconds as often as possible
  • Cough and sneeze in the crook of the arm or into a tissue and bin immediately.
  • Report COVID-19 symptoms to employer.
  • Work from home where possible.

The Shoot

To create as safe a workplace as possible we will be implementing a number of guidelines for cast and crew to adhere to when shooting:

  1. Crews – Keep crews as small as possible, scheduled to prepare separately as far as possible.
  2. Travel – No members of crew will be taking public transport. One persons per car, unless from the same household. If you do not have a car please take a taxi or other private car hire. Studios and locations with off-street parking will be the most viable.
  3. Shooting on the street – While there are no laws or regulations preventing filming on the street (news crews are doing so of course), please have regard to the following. London boroughs will not be issuing permits. A permit is not required to film in public anyway (though there are advantages to having one for most productions) but the fact that permits will not be granted is an indication of hostility toward shooting on the street.

Health and Safety

  • All cast and crew will be asked to fill in a Health Declaration form
  • Temperature checks will be done on all upon arrival to set.
  • If crew/talent feel ill on set, they will be referred to production/medic.
  • If any worker displays symptoms associated with COVID-19 in advance of the production should report to production and remain in quarantine at home, without going to the workplace
  • Avoid sharing hand tools and personal property (e.g. mobile phones, pens, etc.)

PPE and Sanitisation

Production to have supplies of PPE, funding for which will be supplied by client, for those needing to wear it:

Tier 1 – Basic PPE: masks and gloves

Note that wearing gloves needs to be managed correctly – wear for single use activities and become also in the event that masks become mandatory Cranbrook Communications will update the guidelines accordingly

Tier 2 – Enhance PPE: Including visor and covering suit

Those who need to break the two meter (six feet) distancing for a length of time to carry out their duties may need to wear enhanced PPE.

  • Covered bins provided for safe disposal of tissues and PPE.
  • Crew can be asked to bring their own PPE but production must have enough for all crew
  • Only remove casts PPE when essential
  • Clearly visible and spacious hygiene stations for washing with a large supply of hand sanitiser and wipes.
  • Each department is responsible for keeping their own area and equipment clean.
  • Clear health etiquette to be on posters around the set.