Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks will ALL continue filming during second national lockdown

CORONATION Street, Emmerdale, EastEnders and Hollyoaks will all continue to film during the second national lockdown.

All four big soaps will remain on air despite the country being plunged into another lockdown.

From Thursday households will be banned from mixing, but crucially workplaces will be able to remain open.

And with this and the changes in production mean soap fans won't face disappointment without their nightly fix.

An industry insider said: "The soaps all have strict safety protocols in place making it safe to continue filming.

"As it stands there will be no need for the soaps to halt production or to come off air."

Each soap are well into producing their December episodes now having gotten ahead during the first shutdown.

While the soaps weren't banned from filming, they shut themselves down to give themselves time to develop new safe ways of filming.

Cast and crew are required to stay at least two metres apart at all times, while regular deep cleaning of sets and temperature testing keeps everyone safe.

There have been instances of team members testing positive for covid-19 on both Coronation Street and EastEnders.

Neither incidences led to production shutdowns, though deep cleaning was arranged as an extra safety precaution.

An assistant director was fired from EastEnders after not revealing he was suffering from symptoms of the disease.

Only Coronation Street remained on air with its usual episodes – at a reduced rate – while Emmerdale filmed special lockdown two handers for three weeks.

EastEnders and Hollyoaks went off air for weeks during the summer, but that should not happen again.

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