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Home and Away Suspend their Production due to coronavirus

In the day it marks its 35th year on air, the set of hit TV series Home and Away has been shut down over coronavirus concerns. Channel Seven on Sunday said cast and crew safety and well-was a priority and shooting should be suspended. Seven Studios today told that it will urgently suspend shooting of Home and Away,’ a spokeswoman for Seven said in a statement to TV Tonight.

Closed for business: Channel Seven's long-running soap Home and Away on Sunday was the biggest TV series to be SHUT DOWN over reports of coronavirus. Pictured: Ray Meagher on the show, portraying Alf Stewart
Closed for business: Channel Seven’s long-running soap Home and Away on Sunday was the biggest TV series to be SHUT DOWN over reports of coronavirus. Pictured: Ray Meagher on the show, portraying Alf Stewart

It clarified that no cast or crew of Home and away had tested positive for COVID-19 but that the decision was taken because of the growing logistical challenges involved with the COVID-19 situation,’ a spokesperson for Channel Seven said. Provided the series films several months in advance, episodes are supposed to remain on air.

Drama: ' It clarified that no cast or crew had tested positive for COVID-19, but that the decision was taken because of the growing logistical challenges involved with the COVID-19 case, ' a spokesman for Channel Seven said. Photographed: Lynne McGranger 
playing Irene Roberts
Drama: ‘ It clarified that no cast or crew had tested positive for COVID-19, but that the decision was taken because of the growing logistical challenges involved with the COVID-19 case, ‘ a spokesman for Channel Seven said. Photographed: Lynne McGranger playing Irene Roberts

Home and Away is not the only Australian tv show to be suspended in the last fortnight. Channel 10 and Fremantle Media suspended production on Neighbours on Wednesday over coronavirus concerns on the same day it was to mark its 35th anniversary on the air. Neighbours have agreed to take a brief break this week to ensure that the current development plan can survive any possible effect from the immediate COVID-19 scenario,’ a spokeswoman for Channel 10 said.

 Home and Away is expected to remain on air given the show is filmed several months in advance. Pictured: Emily Symons who plays Marilyn Chambers
Home and Away is expected to remain on air given the show is filmed several months in advance. Pictured: Emily Symons who plays Marilyn Chambers

The decision to suspend Home and Away production was taken after the cast of the show, and the crew gathered to discuss their pandemic fears, 10 Daily reported. Two days later the cast and crew went back at work.

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