Emmerdale star Anna Nightingale reveals strict safety measures on set

Emmerdale star Anna Nightingale has revealed the strict safety measure put in place on set, as the cast return amid the coronavirus crisis.

Production was brought to a swift halt when the Covid-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic back in March.

However, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson lifts the lockdown measures, the TV industry has started to fire back up again with a number of projects getting the green light to return to filming.

And it seems the soap bosses are taking all the precautions, as Andrea actress Anna explained on Good Morning Britain with Lorraine Kelly.

Chatting to the host over video call, she said: ‘It’s such a lovely place to work.

‘When we came back, we had an induction to get the feel of it all, the way it is laid out – it’s all separated out, we all do our own makeup and take care of our own things, there’s a nice feeling of unity.

‘It has been a very humbling and bonding time for everyone, so coming back on set it feels like everyone is in it together and everyone wants to do the best job we can do.’

The 29-year-old then turned her attention to her own lockdown experience, which she shared with her three-year-old daughter Autumn, and her partner Daren Dixon.

‘Well, she is just been it has been amazing, the nicest thing has been a godsend having a little one in this time,’ the proud mum gushed. ‘She puts everything in perspective and brightens up your day.’

Emmerdale’s executive producer Jane Hudson spoke to Metro.co.uk when the cast returned to set, and stressed the importance of social distancing.

She told us: ‘The biggest difference is the social distancing. We have our famous two metre pole and we physically bring it out on the set and hold it between actors and the crew.

‘We have two metre distanced dots across every set and you stand on your dot – it’s like a big game of Twister. Everyone who walks onto set to adjust a light, they have masks.

‘The actors are in charge of their own props, which have been sanitised, cleaned and wiped down – no-one is allowed to touch them, the actors have full responsibility in bringing them on and off.’

She went on: ‘Our instinct is to hug each other so there’s that awkward moment at the start of a shoot but then once you get going, it feels normal and cast and crew have felt it’s the safest place to be right now.

‘We have routes through the building, temperature checking, everyone is completely safe.’

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