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Emmerdale stars will be prodded with large poles if they break coronavirus social distancing rules admits boss

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EMMERDALE stars will be prodded with poles if they break social-distancing rules.

It’s a move by bosses to make sure the cast stay two metres apart at all times in line with Covid regulations.

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Filming on the ITV soap ended in March.

It has only just resumed, with staff told to keep well away from each other and to have temperatures checked.

The soap’s boss, John Whiston, said: “We have handed out poles to staff and they will prod the actors and cameramen if they get too close.”

Maybe that’s why they’re called prod-ucers . . .

Emmerdale will also be keeping its pub The Woolpack open - despite the pandemic.

The dales boozer will remain the hub of the village as the soap reflects wider society and will go takeaway only in the coming weeks.

The new episodes will air from June 8 and will last for three weeks before the soap returns to its previous broadcast schedule.

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