Australian TV bosses say social distancing rules and "camera trickery" will be used to get long-running soap Neighbours back on air as it resumes production after the Covid-19 shutdown. 

The show's producers, Fremantle, also say cast and crew will be split into groups in separate areas on set when filming restarts next week, according to the BBC.

No physical contact such as kissing will be allowed, and extras will not be used, and crew members will instead appear in the background on the show.

The news comes as Australia's prime minister, Scott Morrison, claims that the country is on the road to recovery, with new Covid-19 infections almost eliminated.

Neighbours: no kissing 

Fremantle Australia stopped filming Neighbours as the virus spread last month and for its return, the Neighbour's studio will be split into "quadrants" and cameras will be deployed to make actors look closer than they actually are as they practice social distancing.

"There will be no more than 100 people a day in any area, we'll implement the four-square-metre rule and the one-and-a-half-metre social distancing rule," Fremantle Australia chief executive Chris Oliver-Taylor said.

"We're going to assume if someone does get sick we don't need to shut the entire shoot - we just close that group and carry on."

A production team member told the BBC that everyone entering the site would also have their temperatures checked.

Coronation Street 

ITV soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale halted filming on March 23, with only three episodes a week airing since March 30 instead of the usual six.

The BBC announced it was suspending filming of EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Doctors, Welsh soap Pobol y Cwm and Scottish drama River City on March 18.

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