Neighbours resumes filming after halting scenes due to coronavirus pandemic

Amy West

From Digital Spy

Neighbours has resumed filming after suspending production over coronavirus fears.

A spokesperson for the Australian soap – which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this week – confirmed the news to Digital Spy, revealing that the show began shooting again today (March 20).

The series plans to continue filming with its usual location and studio crews from Monday, but "with very strict protocols in place".

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Production was halted just a few days earlier, when bosses found out that a crew member had come into contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 off-set. According to TV Tonight, the individual has since tested negative for the virus.

It's also been reported that writers are now looking to avoid involving the actors in any intimate scenes for the time being.

In the UK, the BBC has announced that EastEnders has shut down production and will air two episodes a week in order to keep the long-running show on air for as long as possible.

ITV's Coronation Street and Emmerdale are still filming with reduced cast and crew, but will cut down the number of weekly episodes to three and five respectively from next week onwards.

Hollyoaks, Casualty, Holby City and Doctors have also been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – head this way for a full round-up of the changes each soap has made.

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing.

For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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