Coronation Street and Emmerdale WILL continue filming despite being plunged into tier 3

CORONATION Street and Emmerdale will continue to film despite Manchester and Leeds being placed into tier three.

The two northern cities will have the strictest restrictions imposed by the Government after lockdown ends next week.

However both soaps will continue to film as normal – as they have done during lockdown.

That means fans won't be disappointed by their favourite soaps coming off air at any time.

Both shows are now well into filming January episodes after completing their Christmas block earlier this month.

An industry insider previously told us: "The soaps all have strict safety protocols in place making it safe to continue filming.

"As it stands there will be no need for the soaps to halt production or to come off air."

Each soap are well into producing their December episodes now having gotten ahead during the first shutdown.

While the soaps weren't banned from filming, they shut themselves down to give themselves time to develop new safe ways of filming.

Cast and crew are required to stay at least two metres apart at all times, while regular deep cleaning of sets and temperature testing keeps everyone safe.

There have been instances of team members testing positive for Covid-19 on both Coronation Street and EastEnders.

Neither incidences led to production shutdowns, though deep cleaning was arranged as an extra safety precaution.

An assistant director was fired from EastEnders after not revealing he was suffering from symptoms of the disease.

Only Coronation Street remained on air with its usual episodes – at a reduced rate – while Emmerdale filmed special lockdown two handers for three weeks.

EastEnders and Hollyoaks went off air for weeks during the summer, but that should not happen again.

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