CORONATION Street has started to feature characters socially distancing in some scenes.
But the soap has not yet made any mention of the virus pandemic in scripts.
Stars were back on set last month for the first time since March to finish filming scenes which were left incomplete.
Viewers saw actress Jane Danson, this week sitting at a distance from co-stars.
One fan tweeted: “Spotting which scenes were recorded after lockdown has added a whole new level of interest to Corrie.”
Scripts are expected to include details of the pandemic in Weatherfield near the end of the month.
The Rovers Return will be offering takeaway beer and hotpots.
Street residents will be seen in face masks, the Underworld knicker factory will make gowns for NHS staff and there will be distanced queues outside Dev’s corner shop.
An ITV source revealed: “The new storylines will tackle the pandemic and the way it is affecting ordinary people — with pubs and restaurants doing takeaways and shoppers having to queue to get their groceries.
“But coronavirus will not dominate the drama.”
John Whiston, managing director of continuing drama for ITV, revealed the complex problems social distancing had thrown up for the cast and crew of Corrie and Yorkshire-based stablemate Emmerdale.
He said: “We’ve put shields on the cameras but we have had to make a lot of this up.
“Guidelines have now come out but when we were starting, no one had done drama in a socially-distanced way.”
Meanwhile, thousands of extras have been axed to keep sets safe. ITV, BBC, Sky, Channel 4 and Channel 5 want as few filming as possible.
Tony Gerrard, from Ray Knight Casting, said: “Business stopped overnight — like someone had turned the tap off.”
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