The Corrie team member tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of last week and has been forced to quarantine at home, which led to a slight rescheduling of filming while they are off set.
“We can confirm a member of the Coronation Street team has tested positive for coronavirus. The protocols we have in place for such an eventuality have been implemented and the individual is now self isolating at home,” a spokesperson for the show said in a statement.
“Although we do not believe anyone has been within two metres of the individual, as a precaution, the production team who were working with the individual have been notified. In keeping with health and safety guidance, we have also undertaken an intensive clean of touch points in the cohort area where the individual was working and areas of the building they visited.
“We believe the situation has been contained and filming continued on Monday."
The ITV show, along with all British soap operas, was forced to stop filming during the government lockdown and had to cut back the number of episodes it airs each week in order to make pre-recorded episodes last.
Since returning to the cobbles, cast and crew are having to contend with social distancing guidelines which mean they cannot be within two metres of one another unless they live in the same household.
This has made the physical contact necessary for love affairs and fight scenes synonymous with soap operas impossible to film without the use of computer-generated imagery.
Corrie – which typically films around three months in advance – is now returning to airing six episodes a week with two 30 minute episodes airing on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays.
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