Coronation Street bosses have banned kissing scenes to stop the spread of coronavirus on set.
“If they disappear out of the schedules there’s huge gaps which is a major headache.
“Coronation Street shoots about six to eight weeks in advance, so viewers might see some kissing in the next month or so, but the scenes they are shooting right now will have nothing of the sort in. They are taking no chances.
“The longer they can keep the cast and crew well, the better, and if a storyline has to suffer slightly by losing a kiss so be it.”
An ITV spokesperson told the publication: “Scenes with kissing or close contact are being altered to minimise contact.”
A statement on the tour’s official website says the action is precautionary to protect staff.
The notice says: “As a precautionary measure, and in line with our established contingency plans across the business, we have temporarily paused the operation of our set tours for the safety and welfare of all our staff, production teams and guests.
“If you have a tour booked in March this has unfortunately been cancelled and you will have received an email with further details on what to do next. Please contact us via the form if you have any questions regarding this.”
Scenes with kissing or close contact are being altered to minimise contact.
Soap fans have been left fearing production will be shut down and it was recently reported Corrie could be cut to two episodes a week over the deadly virus.
The Sunday Mirror reported ITV had been considering rationing the episodes so they can continue to air if production is forced to shut down.
EastEnders has since announced they have shut down production and will only air two episodes a week.
At the time of writing, in the UK there are 1950 coronavirus cases and 71 people have died.
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