Popular ITV soap opera Coronation Street has halted filming for a two-week break while Emmerdale has shut down due to a coronavirus outbreak.
Emmerdale bosses were forced to undergo “intensive cleaning” of the set after certain crew members tested positive for the deadly bug.
A spokesperson for the soap confirmed to OK! online: “We paused filming on Emmerdale last week due to some members of the team testing positive for Covid-19.
“We’ve carried out proper track and trace measures on those cases and undertook intensive cleaning of the production building, whilst reinforcing the health and safety protocols we have in place.”
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They added: “We’re returning to filming from this Monday, 25 January. This pause in filming will have no impact on our ability to continue to broadcast six episodes of Emmerdale each week.”
While Emmerdale production will resume in just two days time, Coronation Street will be taking a short break from filming new episodes.
ITV bosses have decided to take some time rewriting scenes as a result of the ongoing pandemic, but will be back up and running next month.
A Corrie spokesperson told OK!: “Coronation Street will pause filming from next Monday, 25 January for two weeks to undertake some rewriting of stories and scripts as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We will also be taking the opportunity to review all health and safety requirements to ensure we continue to provide a safe working environment for the cast, crew and production team.
“This pause in filming won’t affect our ability to deliver six episodes of Coronation Street each week.”
In mid-March last year the two soaps suspended filming and viewers were told they would see less episodes per week of each show.
At the time, the popular broadcaster said in a statement: “ITV has sadly taken the decision to suspend production of the soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale with effect from Monday 23 March.
“We’ve been doing our best to carry on filming, whilst adhering to the Government’s latest health guidelines, to ensure we’ve episodes of both soaps airing on ITV until at least the early summer.”
They continued: “However, the health and well-being of the production teams, actors, crew and their families is of paramount importance to us and we now feel that the time has come to stop filming.
“We’d like to thank our viewers for their support and hope they continue to enjoy both soaps in the coming months.“
Three months later, in June, both Corrie and Emmerdale resumed filming, with strict health and safety measures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.