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Coronavirus updates
Collected information on the threat posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2)

18 Jan 2021 update: The national lockdown continues. Work and production (b2b) is able to continue as before, subject to appropriate safety protocols. We have updated our Shoot/Production guidance to include reference to testing.
NEW - advertising production has been removed from the list of travel exemptions. Anyone coming into the UK from overseas will have to self-isolate for 10 days unless you are able to pay to opt-in to the Test to Release scheme, after 5 days.

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Quick guide to the rules in the four UK countries (click to expand)

General guidance for everyone, from the AOP (click to expand)

Breakdown & analysis of UK Government support for business (click to expand)

AOP SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Shoot/Production Guidelines vAOP-04 (webpage version - Jan 2021)

AOP SARS CoV 2 Covid 19 Shoot Production Guidelines vAOP 04

Download a PDF of the AOP COVID19 Shoot/Production Guidelines v04, here. Last updated JANUARY 2021.

File Size: 193.7 KB
Date Added: January 15th, 2021
Download Count: 211

Mental Health and Creative Freelancers Oct 2020

The AOP in partnership with the Association of Illustrators and the Society of Authors have released an initial version of a resource around mental health and creative freelancers.  Download your PDF here

File Size: 2.65 MB
Date Added: May 14th, 2020
Download Count: 351

UK HSE guide to making your workplace COVID-secure (pub. 16 June, reviewed 2 Nov 2020) -

UK government updated general guidance (pub. 11 May, updated 14 Nov 2020) -

Advertising Producers Association (APA) guidance on production in the current climate -

UK HMRC guidance on Time-to-Pay service (inability to pay tax on time) -

UK HMRC guidance on BBLS (Coronavirus Bounce-Back Loan Scheme) -

UK HMRC guidance on CJRS (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) -

UK HMRC guidance on CBILS (Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme) -

UK HMRC guidance & eligibility checker on SEISS (Self-Employment Income Support Scheme) -

UK HMRC guidance on deferral of VAT payments -

Companies House guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic -

UK government advice for EMPLOYEES -

UK government financial support for BUSINESS -

UK government advice on claiming BENEFITS -

UK government COVID-19 statistics (updated daily) -

Advice from IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed) in relation to COVID-19 -

BUSINESS INTERRUPTION INSURANCE advice for Photographers in relation to COVID-19 - prepared by Williamson Carson, 17 March 2020

SHOOT CANCELLATION and TRAVEL INSURANCE advice for Photographers in relation to COVID-19 - prepared by Williamson Carson, 2 March 2020

Advice from ACAS for EMPLOYERS and EMPLOYEES -


Public Health England pages on COVID-19 -

NHS COVID-19 advice pages -

World Health Organisation (WHO) advice to the public on COVID-19 -

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