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Coronation Street bosses plan to quarantine cast and crew in a hotel if Manchester lockdown tightens


CORRIE chiefs plan to quarantine cast and crew in a hotel if local lockdown restrictions are tightened. 

Producers have discussed how to keep the show on air if the new rules for the Gtr Manchester area are made stricter.

Stars and staff who live within the lockdown zone could be moved to a hotel at MediaCity in ­Salford where Coronation Street is filmed. 

A show source said: “With the current rules and the strict behaviour of cast and crew on set, they’re fine as they are.

“But if the rules are tightened the bosses have discussed putting up cast and crew if they are living in affected areas.

“They’re hoping it won’t come to it as they’re behaving impeccably on set, but there are contingency plans just in case.”

Rules banning people from meeting different households became effective last Friday after a spike in local coronavirus cases. A major incident was declared on Sunday.

People from different households were barred from meeting in a private home or garden, unless they were part of a support bubble, with £100 fines for rule-breakers.

The rules apply to parts of Lancs and West Yorks.

ITV say they have not been warned of any tightening of restrictions.

They insist cast and crew are sticking to rigid rules — including social distancing, twice a day temperature testing and the crew working in two teams to limit risk. 

A spokeswoman said: “The new lockdown restrictions in Greater Manchester don’t affect the workplace.

“We have measures in place that are working well and we will not have to change how we are filming. 

“We continue to maintain our health and safety protocols to ensure everyone can work safely.”

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