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COVID-19 Latest News
November 24, 2020

COVID-19 Latest News

New tier update for 2nd December 2020

See our updated Testing Brief and revised Return to Work after testing guidance. 

Pfizer and BioNTech announce 90% effective vaccine.

TV and Film Production confirmed as businesses that can 'remain open'

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable advised not to go to work. 

New Lockdown Regulations issued.

DCMS says TV and Film production can continue through new lockdown in England

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. 

MAGGY - Social Distancing and Tracking Made Easy
October 29, 2020

MAGGY - Social Distancing and Tracking Made Easy

Maintaining social distancing is the single most effective way to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. And being able to accurately identify close contacts is essential if there's an infection on your shoot.

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.