Soaps confirm production will continue as UK enters third coronavirus lockdown

Soap fans will be delighted to hear that production of the country's beloved serial dramas will continue despite the UK entering a third lockdown.

Filming of EastEnders,Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street will not be affected during the latest Covid rule change.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday night that you must stay at home except for specific reasons, schools will shut until at least the February half-term, shielding will resume and all pubs will remain shut.

However, Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for digital, culture, media and sport, has since clarified the situation.

He tweeted: "For the arts/creative sectors, this means you should work from home unless you can't – exemptions include for training and rehearsal of performances, recording studios and film & TV production."

A spokesperson for BBC told The Sun: "EastEnders will continue filming during lockdown.

"Production will continue to strictly adhere to the social distancing and safety measures in place."

While a rep for ITV added: "Filming continues on Coronation Street and Emmerdale as health and safety measures are in place in accordance with the Government guidelines."

Soaps were forced to shut down production, some for the first time in their history, back in March during the first national lockdown.

During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, filming for movies and television shows were brought to a standstill.

Production on soaps resumed in June and strictly star rules have been put in place, including social distancing and "fixed cohorts" of staff who work together in their bubbles.

Since the shows returned to our screens, romantic scenes and physical fights have disappeared as actors are unable to get too close to one another.

During the first lockdown, EastEnders were forced to drop the number of weekly episodes as bosses tried to keep the BBC drama on air for as long as they possibly could.

However, the soap did go off air for the first time in its 35-year history in June this year.

It returned to our screens in September and now airs 20 minute episodes four times a week.

  • Coronation Street
  • Eastenders
  • Emmerdale
  • Hollyoaks

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