ITV have confirmed when filming on their long-running soap Coronation Street will resume.

It comes days after the TV network announced that a small number of cast and crew returned to the set of Yorkshire-based soap Emmerdale, with the new episodes set during the lockdown.

Here's what you need to know.

When will Coronation Street start filming again?

Coronation Street’s cast and crew returned to work on Monday (June 1) after an enforced production break due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday morning, the production team began a health and safety induction to familiarise themselves with the new protocols that are now in place throughout the studios and on the Coronation Street set. ITV say the new safety measures are in accordance with the recently issued TV production guidelines which will be observed whilst filming the soap.

An ITV spokesperson added that the crew are also undertaking the preparatory work necessary to recommence filming next Tuesday, June 9 at the programme’s studios in Trafford, Manchester. 

How many episodes will be made per week?

The new pattern of recording will initially produce three episodes per week.

ITV say the return to filming will ensure the soap, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in December, stays on air in July.

The new episodes will be scheduled following the instalments recorded earlier this year before the coronavirus pandemic halted production.  

What safety measures are in place for the cast and crew?

The new safety measures include a 'fixed cohort system' with crew members designated to a specific studio or the Coronation Street exterior lot.

The filming units will be maintaining safe social distancing with cohort managers in place to ensure this takes place.

Cast and crew will have their temperatures checked on a daily basis by an external company, who are specialised medical advisors.

Intensive cleaning and sanitisation of areas where filming is taking place will occur on a daily basis, crew members will use their own assigned equipment, props will be sanitised with the design team working at a safe distance, make up and costume will work remotely with members of the cast and office staff will continue to work from home to ensure fewer people in the building.

What will happen to cast and crew over the age of 70?

ITV say members of the cast and crew who are over the age of 70 or have an underlying health condition won’t be on set in the initial period of filming.

For those members of cast and crew who fall into a Clinically Vulnerable category, ITV will follow an individual risk assessment process, which will enable them to return to work if it is safe for them to do so.

What have ITV said?

Managing director of continuing drama and head of ITV in the North, John Whiston has overseen the return to filming alongside head of production for drama and continuing drama, Matt Cleary, series producer Iain MacLeod and production manager, Lee Rayner.

John Whiston said: “Getting to this point has taken a huge amount of work and goodwill from a huge number of people, not least our cast and crew.

“With the peak past, all indications are that the time is right for a return to filming. And with the extensive protocols we have put in place, we have made our workplace as safe as possible.

“I’m sure our audience will appreciate having the show they love continue on air. For many who have written in it is a vital escape from all the fears and stresses this virus brings in its wake.”

Iain MacLeod, series producer, added: “The whole team at Coronation Street has pulled together to generate an ingenious, intricate set of protocols, to allow filming to restart as safely as humanly possible.

“We are really pleased to be able to resume making the nation’s favourite soap at a time when people need the reassurance of their regular Corrie fix more than ever.

“Safety remains our number one priority and we are under no illusions about the challenges still facing us and the nation as a whole.

“However, I can assure viewers that Corrie’s ever-present humour and brilliant storytelling will be there in abundance in the episodes due to begin filming next week and beyond.”

What is happening at other soaps?

ITV have confirmed that Emmerdale has resumed filming a limited number of episodes a week, but a small number of cast and crew.

Elsewhere, the BBC have said that filming on London-based soap EastEnders, will restart by the end of June.

Details have not yet been relased for BBC daytime soap Doctors, nor Channel 4's teatime show Hollyoaks.

Australian soap Neighbours, which airs on Channel 5 in the UK, has resumed filming but with social distancing rules in place and other limitations, including banning kissing on set.