Home and Away: Covid-safe filming resumes as cast wear masks and on-set medical staff don PPE gear


Filming resumed on Home and Away in Sydney earlier this month, after production was temporarily postponed due to an outbreak of the coronavirus delta variant.

And on Wednesday, cast and crew members of the Channel Seven soap were seen taking all the necessary precautions as they shot the sun-drenched drama in Palm Beach, NSW.

Stars including Lynne McGranger, Ray Meagher and Shane Withington were spotted sporting masks in-between filming, while a Covid testing tent was pictured on-site to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Staying Covid safe in Summer Bay: On Wednesday, cast and crew members of Home and Away were seen taking all the necessary precautions as they continued shooting the sun-drenched drama on Palm Beach, NSW. Pictured: Shane Withington (centre) and Lynne McGranger (L)

Dedicated safety officers were also on-hand, dressed in full PPE (personal protective equipment) gear to ensure increased hygiene practices were met.

Earlier this month, Channel Seven confirmed there would be a new range of protocols in place to enable the team to get back to work.

‘During production, Home and Away have a range of measures to minimise risk for cast and crew,’ they said in a statement to TV WEEK.

‘These measures, including temperature checks on arrival, increased hygiene practices and rigorous cleaning schedules, are overseen by dedicated safety officers.’

Safe: Lynne, 68, who has played Irene Roberts for over 27 years, appeared at ease as she stood on-set with the rest of the crew, sporting a royal blue blouse and skinny jeans for her scenes

Safe: Lynne, 68, who has played Irene Roberts for over 27 years, appeared at ease as she stood on-set with the rest of the crew, sporting a royal blue blouse and skinny jeans for her scenes

Filming: Ray Meagher, who plays Alf Stewart, was later seen chatting to staff in a khaki rain coat and beige hat

Filming: Ray Meagher, who plays Alf Stewart, was later seen chatting to staff in a khaki rain coat and beige hat

Ready: Dedicated safety officers were also on-hand to enable the team were able to get back to work safely, dressed in full PPE (personal protective equipment) to ensure increased hygiene practices were met

Ready: Dedicated safety officers were also on-hand to enable the team were able to get back to work safely, dressed in full PPE (personal protective equipment) to ensure increased hygiene practices were met

In the images, Shane – who plays surf lifeguard John Palmer – was seen giving photographers a cheeky thumbs up after appearing to receive his Covid test on-site. 

Lynne, 68, who has played Irene Roberts for over 27 years, appeared at ease as she stood on-set with the rest of the crew, sporting a royal blue blouse and skinny jeans.

Ray Meagher, who plays Alf Stewart, was later seen chatting to staff in a khaki rain coat and beige hat.

Earlier this month, Lynne appeared on ITV’s This Morning via video link to speak out about how filming had got back underway, after cast and crew had to extend a planned pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Return to work: Earlier this month, Lynne appeared on ITV's This Morning via video link to speak out about how filming had got back underway after the cast and crew had to extend a planned pause due to the coronavirus pandemic

Return to work: Earlier this month, Lynne appeared on ITV's This Morning via video link to speak out about how filming had got back underway after the cast and crew had to extend a planned pause due to the coronavirus pandemic

Return to work: Earlier this month, Lynne appeared on ITV’s This Morning via video link to speak out about how filming had got back underway after the cast and crew had to extend a planned pause due to the coronavirus pandemic

Safety first: Earlier this month, Channel Seven confirmed there would be a new range of protocols in place to enable the team to get back to work

Safety first: Earlier this month, Channel Seven confirmed there would be a new range of protocols in place to enable the team to get back to work

Measures: 'We're getting tested every second day in the studio, Everybody has to wear masks the whole time, except for when they roll up,' Lynne said

Measures: ‘We’re getting tested every second day in the studio, Everybody has to wear masks the whole time, except for when they roll up,’ Lynne said

She said: ‘When we first went into lockdown about a month ago, we had a designated two-week production break away so we were always gonna take those two weeks off.

‘However, while we were on that production break, things got worse and then we were supposed to go back to work a fortnight ago, and we got the email sent out, ‘We’re not going to go back to work.

‘So, we had an extra two weeks. Now, I think they’ve moved heaven and earth – and obviously extremely COVID-safe.

‘We’re getting tested every second day in the studio, Everybody has to wear masks the whole time, except for when they roll up.’

She continued: ‘When they roll up, they have to take their masks off and we get on with it, and at the end of that, we put our masks back on again. They’ve obviously got dispensation to do this.’

Changes: 'When they roll up, they have to take their masks off and we get on with it, and at the end of that, we put our masks back on again. They've obviously got dispensation to do this,' Lynne added

Changes: ‘When they roll up, they have to take their masks off and we get on with it, and at the end of that, we put our masks back on again. They’ve obviously got dispensation to do this,’ Lynne added



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