The cast of Coronation Street will return to the cobbles today following a two-and-a-half-month enforced break by the Coronavirus pandemic.    

A number of rules have been put in place to allow the stars of the soap and the crew return to work safely.

These include a daily temperature check and no kissing scenes. ITV also said that those "who are over the age of 70 or have an underlying health condition won't be on set in the initial period of filming".

Older cast members include William Roache (Ken Barlow), Barbara Knox (Rita Tanner) and Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer).

Those who fall into a clinically vulnerable category will "follow an individual risk assessment process, which will enable them to return to work if it is safe for them to do so".

Coronation Street producer Iain MacLeod said that the coronavirus pandemic will feature in future storylines but will not dominate the long-running ITV show and will be "handled with a light touch".

He said the show "reflects modern Britain" and that ignoring the pandemic when filming resumes would turn the street into "a parallel fantasy land".

"We took the view that it has to exist in our world," he said.

"However, I am also aware that people tune into Coronation Street for escapism, to some degree, and to see drama and stories that they would never normally experience in their own lives, and stuff they would normally never see in their own living rooms played out on screen.

"While the virus will exist in Coronation Street, we were also keen that it wouldn't dominate every single story and every single scene."

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