ITV Halts 'Lorraine,' 'Loose Women,' 'Coronation Street' And 'Emmerdale' Filming
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Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Lorraine and Loose Women will no longer be filming as normal as a result of coronavirus.
The popular ITV shows have all been halted to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of workers.
At the weekend, the channel announced that, in order to ensure there are as few people working as possible, Loose Women will air repeats rather than being live and Lorraine Kelly will appear on Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan for the final hour, instead of hosting her own show.
It explained that GMB will be extended from 6am until 10am as of today, adding that This Morning would continue running with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby at the helm for as long as it was safe.
"This decision has been made to minimise the number of staff travelling in and out of our studios and working together on shift at any one time," an ITV spokesperson said.
"We're focusing our efforts on providing to viewers the latest news on the rapidly changing situation which aims to offer some stability and continuity in all our lives whilst so many of us are at home right now.
"That's why we have taken this tough decision to protect our GMB News programme in the morning and keep This Morning on air for as long as possible."
ITV added that it would "obviously come to review these new arrangements on a day by day basis and follow at all times the latest PHE [Public Health England] and WHO [World Health Organisation] guidelines".
It comes as production of Coronation Street and Emmerdale were also announced to have stopped filming.
Last week, the broadcaster said that it would be reducing filming schedules of both soaps, and only airing three days a week.
However, taking it one step further, it was announced: "ITV has sadly taken the decision to suspend production of the soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale with effect from Monday 23 March.
"We've been doing our best to carry on filming, whilst adhering to the government's latest health guidelines, to ensure we've episodes of both soaps airing on ITV until at least the early summer.
"However, the health and well-being of the production teams, actors, crew and their families is of paramount importance to us and we now feel that the time has come to stop filming."
ITV has been doing all it can to adapt to the new coronavirus guidelines, even airing Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway without a live studio audience at the weekend, for the first time ever.
At the end of the show, the popular duo went on to inform fans that the series finale would be pre-taped.
Other channels like BBC and Channel 4 have also adapted their schedules, halting filming on shows like EastEnders and Hollyoaks, too.
The TV landscape is certainly going to be very different over the next few months.
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