Coronation Street and Emmerdale at risk of shutdowns due to high Covid outbreaks

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Coronation Street and Emmerdale’s production teams have been warned they’re at risk of shutting down due to a rising number of coronavirus cases on TV series.

The soaps have reportedly been sent an email warning they need to keep up the current restrictions in place in order to prevent any more disruption to their output.

In the email, obtained byMailOnline , John Whiston, director of ITV drama in the North, said there had been an “alarming number of cases on both shows”.

According to the site, Covid cases are at a higher number than they were in January, when both shows had to be shut down for two weeks for a deep clean of the set.


Thankfully, while there was disruption to the schedule, both teams were able to cover their tracks and maintain their typical episode count.

Since then, all scenes have been filmed at a 2m social distance, with only four cast members within each scene.

Exceptions are only made for big dramatic scenes where the cast members had to bubble in advance in order to shoot them properly.

This included Emmerdale’s current plot where Meena murdered Leanna by pushing her off a bridge in a grisly brawl.

But apart from that, the teams are using editing, as well as camera and perception trickery, to make it look like people are closer or that there’s more people in a scene.

ITV declined to comment when approached by OK!

The warning comes as the production teams prepare for an upcoming “Super Soap Week” this Autumn, which is known for soaps raising the stakes with nail-biting stunts and massive storylines.

Previous stunts include train crashes, fires, and near drownings that have had long-term effects on the Yorkshire Dales or the Corrie Cobbles.

Filming for the scenes will need to commence soon in order to get them done in time.

Currently, both soaps, alongside BBC rival EastEnders, have been forced to adapt their usual schedule plans in order to make way for the Euros.

As a result, the past three weeks have been made available at box sets at the beginning of the week in order for fans to view them around the football matches.

However, following last night’s final between England and Italy, the soaps are due to return to their rightful place in the TV guide from tonight.

Coronation Street and Emmerdale both air on ITV

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