ITV has announced that filming has been paused on Coronation Street and Emmerdale as part of the broadcaster's Covid-19 strategy, but that the number of episodes aired each week will not be affected.
The Press Association reports that Coronation Street will pause filming from Monday, January 25 for two weeks - the same day that filming is due to resume on Emmerdale after a number of positive Covid-19 tests on the rural soap last week. ITV did not say whether any Emmerdale cast members had tested positive.
A spokesperson for Coronation Street said: "Coronation Street will pause filming from next Monday, January 25, for two weeks to undertake some rewriting of stories and scripts as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
"We will also be taking the opportunity to review all health and safety requirements to ensure we continue to provide a safe working environment for the cast, crew and production team.
"This pause in filming won't affect our ability to deliver six episodes of Coronation Street each week."
An Emmerdale spokesperson said: "We paused filming on Emmerdale last week due to some members of the team testing positive for Covid-19.
"We've carried out proper track-and-trace measures on those cases and undertook intensive cleaning of the production building whilst reinforcing the health and safety protocols we have in place.
"We're returning to filming from this Monday, January 25.
"This pause in filming will have no impact on our ability to continue to broadcast six episodes of Emmerdale each week."
Last March, filming on both shows was halted due to the Covid-19 emergency. Emmerdale's cast and crew returned to set under social distancing protocols in May, with the Coronation Street team returning the following month.