Channel Seven is set to resume production on Home and Away in a matter of weeks after the iconic Aussie soap was forced to put things on hold amid the coronavirus outbreak.
It’s been seven weeks since the show was forced to halt production as a result of lockdown restrictions and social distancing requirements. But now production is set to resume once more on May 25.
Initially though, filming will be limited to Seven’s studios in Eveleigh only, with location shoots at Palm Beach, NSW remaining on hold until travel restrictions have been further eased.
“A range of measures will be in place to minimise risk for cast and crew, to be overseen by dedicated safety officers,” a Channel Seven spokesperson said in a statement to the Daily Telegraph.
“The measures include temperature checks on arrival, increased hygiene practices and rigorous cleaning schedules. Scripts will also be reworked to reduce close contact, in constant consultation with the cast and crew to ensure the health and safety of all.”
Home and Away was just one of many Aussie productions forced to put things on hold, alongside music festivals, fashion week, film festivals and movie premieres, as the pandemic spread.
Neighbours was forced to stop filming at the end of March and won’t return to the Nunawading, Melbourne set until April 14, TV Tonight reported at the time.
Network 10 and Warner Bros. also made the decision to halt production of Locky Gilbert's season of The Bachelor until it is safe to continue. At the same time Bachelor in Paradise's April premiere date was pushed to instead air in "the coming months".
Filming of The Block was also temporarily shut down in the wake of the coronavirus, with around a third of the show having already been shot.
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