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Coronavirus advice for events and filming

Guidance on events and filming applications during national lockdown.

Published: 12 January 2021

Last updated: 22 April 2022

While most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in England, there is a risk you could catch or pass on the virus, even if you are fully vaccinated. We can all play our part in reducing the risks of COVID-19 infection by following Government guidance.

Read the full guidance on GOV.UK

Whilst our application system for events and filming remains open, all applications will be reviewed and considered in line with current guidance.

The look and feel of the city has continued to change since March last year including the addition of al fresco dining. We will continue to adapt the management of events and filming on streets and in parks around these changes.

Government guidance is still in place relating to the work place and other public activities, therefore you will still be required to include COVID-19 within your risk assessment.  


Please make sure you have read our COVID-19 filming guidance carefully before you apply. This should be read in conjunction with our standard filming guidelines which also still apply.

COVID-19 filming guidance
COVID-19 filming guidance PDF, 154.73 KB, 2 pages

Applications for filming are open.

Production companies are required to meet the Film London COVID-19 Guidance for Location Filming in London guidance.

Some streets with new measures in place - such as wider pavements and road closures - will have restricted use.

No application is required for filming with a cast and crew of 1 to 3 people with hand-held equipment only.

You must apply online if you have a cast and crew of more than 3 people.

Our Housing Team are currently not accepting applications to film on Housing Estates.


You may find it helpful to read our COVID-19 Event Guidance (May 2021) before you apply. This should be read in conjunction with our standard event guidelines which also still apply.

COVID-19 events guidance.pdf
COVID-19 events guidance.pdf PDF, 284.77 KB, 16 pages

Applications for events are open.

Applications will be assessed in line with current UK and industry guidance. Risk assessments should still include COVID-19 considerations. 

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You must allow additional planning time to our standard timescales for licenses and permissions.

We will continue to monitor and review these guidelines on an ongoing basis.

By submitting an event or filming application, the organiser accepts that activity may be cancelled without notice due to circumstances outside of our control and that all fees are chargeable.

To find out more about our help and info, visit the Westminster COVID-19 and Business Support web pages.