"The time has come to stop filming" says ITV about key shows

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ITV has stopped producing some of their most adored shows, including Lorraine, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, and Loose Women, to help manage the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Lorraine Kelly's show will be suspended whilst she joins the Good Morning Britain studio, who's slot will now run from 6am - 10am, and Loose Women will be showing repeats of episodes. 

The new measures have been brought in to maintain a core offering of the GMB News programme, whilst minimising the number of staff going in and out of the studios. 

After initially saying that filming would be reduced, a statement on Sunday said that production of Coronation Street and Emmerdale will stop completely. 

The statement read: "We've been doing our best to carry on filming, whilst adhering to the government's latest health guidelines, to ensure we've episodes of both soaps airing on ITV until at least the early summer.

"However, the health and well-being of the production teams, actors, crew and their families is of paramount importance to us and we now feel that the time has come to stop filming."

An ITV spokesperson said: "We're focusing our efforts on providing to viewers the latest news on the rapidly changing situation which aims to offer some stability and continuity in all our lives whilst so many of us are at home right now.

"That's why we have taken this tough decision to protect our GMB News programme in the morning and keep This Morning on air for as long as possible."

ITV said it would "obviously continue to review these new arrangements on a day by day basis and follow at all times the latest PHE [Public Health England] and WHO [World Health Organisation] guidelines".