EastEnders 'in talks over how to deal with coronavirus filming issues'

EastEnders bosses have ‘crisis talks over how to deal with coronavirus filming issues when production on the BBC soap recommences in June’

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EastEnders bosses have reportedly held crisis talks about how they’ll tackle coronavirus filming issues when production recommences.

In March filming on the BBC soap was suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the social adhering to the government’s social distancing guidelines.

But with reports the cast are set to return to work in June, show bosses have been trying to figure out how filming will take place while still abiding by the restrictions 

Talks: EastEnders bosses have reportedly held crisis talks about how they’ll tackle coronavirus filming issues when productions recommences in June.

A source told The Sun: ‘Filming will have to resume at some point and bosses say June is the benchmark.

‘With strict social distancing and extra precautions on set they think EastEnders could make the transition.

‘But they appreciate the health and safety of the cast and crew is paramount and should the lockdown restrictions be tightened, filming will, of course, not take place.’

The insider added that the soap’s bosses have said that if filming can ‘resume safely’, then it will ‘go ahead’.

Tricky: With reports the cast are set to return to work in June, show bosses have been trying to figure out how filming will take place while still abiding by the restrictions

MailOnline have contacted representatives of EastEnders for comment.  

In March it was revealed that filming for EastEnders had been suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic and it planned to cut it’s weekly number of episodes to just two in a bid to ‘ration’ their filmed content.

In a statement shared by the BBC said: ‘In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, it has been decided that filming on EastEnders will be postponed until further notice.

‘The decision was made after the latest Government update. We will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England.

Safety first: ‘With strict social distancing and extra precautions on set they think EastEnders could make the transition’

‘We have also taken the decision to reduce the amount of episodes we broadcast each week to two, so that we can ensure the audience can continue to enjoy EastEnders in their homes for as long as possible.’

In reference to their scripted programmes Casualty, Doctors, EastEnders, Holby City, Pobol y Cwm and River City, the corporation said: ‘In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, it has been decided that filming on all BBC Studios continuing dramas will be postponed until further notice.

‘The decision was made after the latest Government update. We will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the World Health Organisation and public health organisations.’

Halted: ‘In March filming on the BBC soap was suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the social adhering to the government’s social distancing guidelines’

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