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Advice and information about COVID-19.

Last updated: 27th March 2020, 10:50.

We understand that there is significant concern around the current and potential effects of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.  It is a rapidly evolving situation and we are working with colleagues including the BFI (who in turn are liaising direct with Central Government), Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales to share information on the challenges the sector is facing and to work together to provide advice, guidance and adapt and develop support mechanisms.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we are a small team.  As of 17th March, we will be working remotely, in accordance with advice.  Please bear with us.

UK Government Guidance:

The current advice states that if you or anyone in your home shows even mild symptoms of the virus:

A new and continuous cough and/or
Fever

then you should stay at home for at least 14 days, regardless of whether or not they have travelled to affected areas.This advice is in addition to the previously circulated advice to maintain strong hygiene measures, regularly washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, or hand-sanitizer (if soap and water is not available).

The Government is now advising all people to stay at home, and:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

All schools and non-vital shops are now closed in the UK from Friday 20th March.

 

Plan and Prepare

With the risk to the UK now categorised as ‘high’, we advise everyone to prepare and consider adjustments to business plans. Consider the level of disruption that might be caused. If you are a public facing venue you may have to close for a period of time, cancel planned events or take action if staff are taken ill.You should also review the detail of your insurance policies, which may not cover business interruption/contagious diseases. 

Our support

We understand these are challenging and uncertain times, and whilst we do not yet have funding available for intervention for something so unprecedented – we urge you to contact us if you have concerns.  We will collate these and feed them into our on-going discussions with BFI, ACW and Welsh Government, helping to shape their response, advice and support.

We have put in place a ‘Pivot Plan’ team here, who will be reviewing how we might be able to redeploy funds to support short-term needs, in consultation with our funders. We are also looking at ways to increase the flexibility of funding already made available to existing funding recipients.  However, we are well aware that in many cases we are one of sometimes several income sources that companies and individuals who access our support are receiving, and that that in itself is challenging.  We are looking to convene (via digital means) with other financiers across the sector to look for opportunities to co-ordinate support measures where possible.

Please use the following email address for all queries, which helps us collate on-the-ground intelligence to partners, as well as signpost to the most relevant team member: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

We’ll also keep our social media channels and website updated as and when guidance and information changes.

Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund

The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create the new Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund, established with a £1m donation from Netflix, to help support the creative community, which has been devastated by the pandemic. Find out more here.

 

Industry helpline

The Film and TV Support Line is always available, 24/7, helping people in the industry manage issues big and small. Call 0800 054 00 00 and access via live-chat. If the current situation is having an impact the team offer a listening ear and help you to think through your options. The Film & TV Charity also offers support grants to help if you’re experiencing significant financial difficulties.

 

UK Government support

The Budget 2020 announced a £12 billion plan to provide support for public services, individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19. To find out if your eligible, we’ve summarised the support available to freelancers, the self-employed and small businesses here: BUDGET 2020: measures for freelancers and the self-employed in response to COVID-19.

On 26th March, UK Government announced support for self-employed people affected by the #coronavirus outbreak, offering taxable grants of 80% of average monthly trading profits up to £2,500/month. Find out more here.

Ffilm Cymru continue to work with government and partners in addressing specific support for film and TV production companies; please share with us any concerns you have by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Latest guidance

From UK Government can be found here: gov.uk/coronavirus

From Welsh Government: https://gov.wales/topic/980/latest

The Welsh Government has announced a package of support worth £1.4bn for small businesses to help them during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more here.

From the BFI: https://www.bfi.org.uk/supporting-uk-film/covid-19-update

The BFI have also published FAQs from across the screen sectors.

The latest guidance from the Arts Council of Wales details how they may be able to support both exisiting funded relationships and new applications, and announces the postponement of their Investment Review for 2020.

In addition, more information on specific areas can be found here:

NHS Direct Wales: https://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/

Welsh Government Business Advice, including ACAS advice and advisory posters: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice

Guidance for employers and businesses: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

HMRC guidance for employers on the coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme: www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

FCO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice