Cameras are set to start rolling again on the famous cobbles of Weatherfield next month, but romantic scenes will be strictly off the table.
The soap is planning on a return to work in June, and ITV has confirmed it will be adhering to new production guidelines that have been issued.
Social distancing will be in place on the Corrie set at Trafford Wharf, putting the kibosh on kissing amid the coronavirus crisis.
New ways of working to protect crew and cast have been introduced by ITV Studios in accordance with return-to-production protocols for TV drama which ITV’s health and safety team and medical advisers have been working on in consultation with the government.
The measures detailed by ITV include social distancing, filming units staying together to work in designated studios with crew using their own sanitised equipment and office staff continuing to work from home to ensure fewer people on the ground.
Location filming will be scrapped, scripts will feature a smaller number of actors and there will be fewer scenes to avoid camera moves.
On Wednesday Emmerdale became the first British soap to return to filming after lockdown.
They commenced a phased return to filming by recording new episodes at the studios in Leeds involving a pared back crew to ensure health and safety protocols and social distancing measures were strictly adhered to by the team on set.
Earlier this month Coronation Street boss Iain MacLeod confirmed that the show would feature the coronavirus in future episodes.
He explained that as the ITV soap is a reflection on the real world, to not include references to the COVID-19 pandemic would turn it into a “parallel fantasy land.”
He said: “Ultimately what I thought was the Corrie we love reflects modern Britain – albeit in a more heightened way sometimes.
“It felt if there was to be no coronavirus in Coronation Street it would stop being a reflection of modern Britain and instead be a parallel fantasy land.”
Iain went on to explain that while the virus will not dominate the scripts, viewers will be able to see behaviours changing and businesses adapting to reflect it.
He said: “If your lives are like mine, corona is the only topic in my house – people don’t want to tune into Corrie and see in every scene people talking about it.
“It will be there – you will see evidence of it in the behaviours of the characters, handwashing protocols, the way businesses are run will be tweaked to make way for more takeaways like in the real world.”
Corrie viewers have been rationed to three half hour episodes a week, instead of the usual six screened as double bills on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, during the pandemic to keep Corrie on our screen for as long as possible.
Actor Andy Whyment, who plays Corrie favourite Kirk Sutherland, recently said the soap would need to start filming again in June to stop episodes running out.