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COVID-19 Reduction in Self-Isolation
December 11, 2020

COVID-19 Reduction in Self-Isolation

A change to the self-isolation period from 14 to 10 days has been announced resulting in changes to public health requirements for positive contacts and overseas arrivals.

Anyone required to self-isolate, due to contact with someone who has had a positive test for coronavirus (COVID-19), or as a result of quarantine rules on arrival from overseas will need to do so for 10 days following updated clinical advice.
COVID-19 Exemption for International travel quarantine
December 4, 2020

COVID-19 Exemption for International travel quarantine

COVID-19: A new 'business traveller' exemption from quarantine has been announced by the UK Government. Exemptions are possible for 'eligible persons' engaged in television production. 


From 4am on Saturday, people in a number of categories will no longer have to self-isolate upon returning to England, even if they are travelling from a country not on the travel corridors list.


First Option Launches Event Industry COVID-19 Advanced Level Training
November 18, 2020

First Option Launches Event Industry COVID-19 Advanced Level Training

The Event COVID-19 Supervisor / Compliance Officer Advanced Level training course arms events professionals with sector specific Covid-19 safe working procedures

COVID-19 | Mutation, Virulence and Immunity
November 2, 2020

COVID-19 | Mutation, Virulence and Immunity

More febrile reporting is afoot. Apparently the virus has mutated to be less deadly but more infectious, and antibodies to it don’t last so a vaccine can’t work. Which all sounds bad. 

Let’s have a delve behind the headlines and work out what the science is actually telling us. 

COVID-19 Productions: A Day In The Life Of Martin Barraclough
October 20, 2020

COVID-19 Productions: A Day In The Life Of Martin Barraclough

As the leading health and safety provider, First Option have been in the forefront this past year, supporting many productions to return safely back to work. First Option's associate team and safety consultants have been supporting several productions onsite, to ensure cast and crew members are following the COVID-19 protocols and staying safe on set. First Option have supported the industry, by developing guidance, to training over 7,000 industry professionals on the safety measures of the pandemic.

The Pandemic: Stores PPE Supplies
October 19, 2020

The Pandemic: Stores PPE Supplies

First Option’s Stores department have been working tirelessly throughout this past year, supporting the film and television industry by supplying personal protective equipment (PPE), throughout the pandemic. I interviewed our Head of Equipment Services & Logistics, Sam Askham to find out how the Stores team have supported our clients and some of the challenges they faced throughout the pandemic. 

COVID-19 | Transmission Update - October
October 16, 2020

COVID-19 | Transmission Update - October

Navigating our way through the headlines about this virus is challenging. What do we really know?

First Option TV and Film Production Health and Safety Advisor Training Course
August 25, 2020

First Option TV and Film Production Health and Safety Advisor Training Course

First Option have developed the world’s first TV and Film production Health and Safety Advisor training course. 

For the past three months, First Option has been putting its team of over 30  in-house and associate consultants through the course, and will be making it mandatory for all new consultants joining the team.