Home and Away filming forced to shut down as Sydney hit by coronavirus lockdown

Home and Away has been forced to postpone filming due to tighter coronavirus lockdown rules in Sydney.

The Channel 5 Aussie drama, which is filmed in Sydney, had previously had expected to resume filming after the coronavirus lockdown after having to pause production over the last two weeks.

However, sadly for soap fans it has now been confirmed that the cast will have to wait even longer before returning to set as Sydney has now been placed under tighter lockdown restrictions.

This means the show's production break will have to be extended with the drama having to push back its scheduled filming to a later date when Covid rules allow.

62-year-old Home and Away star Shane Withington – who plays John Palmer – shared the bad news over the weekend.

Taking to social media to reveal the update, he wrote: "It really looks like they want people to stay at home unless their work is essential.

When a fan asked the actor if filming the soap was deemed essential under the rules, the actor explained that they no longer fit the category, replying: "Not anymore…they pulled us today."

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Channel Seven, the station which airs Home and Away, confirmed to Digital Spy that the cast won't be able to return to the set amid the virus restrictions.

They told the outlet: "The health and safety of all Seven West Media employees is paramount.

"With the ongoing COVID-19 related restrictions, Home and Away's scheduled two-week production break has been extended as a precautionary response to the current pandemic."

It comes as residents in Greater Sydney have been banned from doing anything other than essential work, medical visits, buying food or exercising outside with one other person – under rules that have been extended until July 30.

Home and Away previously had to shut down its production for two months back in spring last year during the first lockdown, where health and safety precautions such as social distancing and temperature check-ups were put in place for when the cast and crew returned.

The soap has since released a teaser trailer through Channel 5 which gives viewers a glimpse of what to expect in September – and it looks like fans are in for some drama-filled episodes.

Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5.

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