ITV has confirmed that Coronation Street will remain on air in July as filming resumes next week – albeit without certain cast members.
Those aged over 70 and/or with underlying health conditions will not return to set just yet; although a “risk assessment process” may permit them to work later down the line (when it is deemed safe to do so).
In the meantime, the Corrie team will be producing three episodes a week and shooting in accordance with new TV guidelines to protect staff and crew members.
Filming had temporarily halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, with fans fearing they may not get to see their favourite soap on screens during the summer.
However, Managing Director of Continuing Drama and Head of ITV in the North, John Whiston, has said the “time is right for a return to filming,” with a variety of “extensive protocols” in place to help staff work safely.
New safety measures include a fixed cohort system, daily temperature checks and intensive cleaning.
Crew members will also use their own assigned equipment, with separate teams working at safe distances.
Series producer Iain MacLeod commented: “The whole team at Coronation Street has pulled together to generate an ingenious, intricate set of protocols, to allow filming to restart as safely as humanly possible.
“We are really pleased to able to resume making the nation’s favourite soap at a time when people need the reassurance of their regular Corrie fix more than ever. Safety remains our number one priority and we are under no illusions about the challenges still facing us and the nation as a whole.
“However, I can assure viewers that Corrie’s ever-present humour and brilliant storytelling will be there in abundance in the episodes due to begin filming next week and beyond.”