And on Monday, Coronation Street returned to location filming for the first time in 14 months, to film gripping courtroom scenes in Bolton that will see the trail of Corey Brent and Kelly Neelan for the murder of Seb Franklin.
Masks were worn between takes and social distancing was observed, and cast members had to do their own make-up.
On location: On Monday, Coronation Street returned to location filming for the first time in 14 months after being warned to stick to precautions amid an ‘alarming number’ of Covid cases
Scenes were acted out on the courthouse steps and umbrellas were on-hand to help keep the stars dry during the rainy day.
The location filming comes as both Coronation Street and Emmerdale shut down production during the first coronavirus outbreak last year and are now back to filming with safety guidelines in place.
In an email sent to crew on both shows obtained by MailOnline, Head of ITV in the North John Whiston said conditions on the soaps are currently worse than in January.
At that time, the Kent variant of the virus was spreading and the shows shut down production for two weeks.
Covid precautions: Masks were worn between takes and social distancing was observed (Pictured: Mollie Gallagher and David Neilson)
No glam squad: Cast members had to do their own make-up
Tense: Charlie De Melo and Georgia Taylor acted out a scene on the steps of the courthouse
Rainy day: Umbrellas were on-hand to help keep the stars dry during the rainy day
Touch-ups: Mollie was seen touching up her make-up between takes
Between takes: David clutched onto a bargain brolly as he removed his face mask
Safety first: The location filming comes after an ITV boss asked the cast and crew of the channel’s soaps to stick to precautions amid an ‘alarming number’ of Covid cases
Mr Whiston notes the spread of the virus has been playing havoc with schedules on both shows over the last few weeks.
He also advised crew that, despite the easing of restrictions and many people having been vaccinated, the virus is still in circulation.
He said coronavirus is not an illness anyone would want to get, even if they are vaccinated.
The TV boss also said both shows are about to go into critical weeks of filming ahead of Super Soap Week, a week long stint of explosive episodes.
Fun times: David and Mollie shared a laugh as they filmed scenes together in Bolton
Sticking to the rules: David Neilson was photographed making sure that his mask was on between takes while Mollie arrived at the filming location with her facemask in place
Off-duty: After filming, David put his glasses back on as well as his face mask
Rain, rain go away! Mollie looked unimpressed with the weather as she opened up an umbrella
Dapper: Charlie looked smart in his black barrister gown and waistcoat
Keeping it casual: The actor arrived wearing his own casual clothing, with his face mask having slipped beneath his nose
Socially distanced: The stars of the soap maintained social distancing at all times
Mr Whiston said Super Soap Week is more important than ever this year to remind audiences the shows ‘are back’ and reiterated they must do everything they can to stick to the schedule.
A representative for ITV declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.
It comes after bosses halted filming on both shows for two weeks in January ‘as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic’.
Bosses made the decision to stop shooting on Corrie so the cast and crew could have a short break due to the pressures of filming during the coronavirus crisis.
Changeover: Between takes the actors went off to practice lines and top up their make-up
Production: The soaps both shut down production during the first coronavirus outbreak last year and are now back to filming with safety guidelines in place
Cases: Head of ITV in the North John Whiston said conditions on the soaps are currently worse than in January when the Kent variant of the virus was spreading and the shows shut down production for two weeks
ITV bosses suspended filming on Emmerdale after a production team member contracted COVID-19.
An ITV spokersperson told MailOnline at the time: ‘Coronation Street will pause filming from next Monday, 25 January for two weeks to undertake some rewriting of stories and scripts as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
‘We will also be taking the opportunity to review all health and safety requirements to ensure we continue to provide a safe working environment for the cast, crew and production team.
‘This pause in filming won’t affect our ability to deliver six episodes of Coronation Street each week.’
Social distancing: Following the unprecedented break for the soaps, Corrie and Emmerdale went back into production in June with strict social distancing employed (Pictured)