Soaps like EastEnders and Coronation Street to resume filming but cast must stay two metres apart
Soap fans will be delighted to hear that the government has given the green light for film and TV crews to begin filming once more.
The film production industry has ground to a halt owing to the lockdown which was imposed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic on 23 March.
However, studios are in talks of reopening and working out ways that they can stick to the social distancing regulations so that cast members stay the mandatory two meters apart, say the government.
This means TV favourites such as Coronation Street and EastEnders will be filming again before too long.
What has been seeing these shows through the lockdown is the fact that they have even airing less episodes each week.
BBC halted the production of EastEnders but rationed what they had previously filmed by showing just two episodes a week instead of four, and Emmerdale and Coronation Street also reduced the amount of episodes.
ITV have shared that Coronation Street have just enough episodes to last until ‘early summer’ whereas it has not yet been revealed how many more shows EastEnders has left.
Aside from social distancing it is believed that the older cast members may be banned from set.
This would mean that Coronation Street stars including Bill Roache, 88 and Barbara, 86 may not return due to the risk.
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A spokesman for the Department for Culture said: “The Government is working closely with the screen sector to understand how different types of productions can comply with social distancing guidelines, and give confidence to people in the TV and film industries that there are safe ways in which they can return to work.”
A Coronation Street representative told MailOnline: "ITV is in the final stages of working with others across the industry on a return-to-production protocol and we are in active discussions with Government on this."
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But EastEnders bosses said it was still too soon to reopen their set. An insider revealed to The Sun: “Filming will have to resume at some point and bosses say June is the benchmark. With strict social distancing and extra precautions on set they think EastEnders could make the transition.
“But they appreciate the health and safety of the cast and crew is paramount and should the lockdown restrictions be tightened, filming will, of course, not take place.”
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