Coronation Street viewers outraged as characters fail to wear face masks in Dev's shop

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‘Why are the people of Weatherfield above the law?’ Coronation Street viewers outraged as characters fail to wear face masks in Dev’s shop

Coronation Street viewers were left shocked during the latest episode as they spotted characters not wearing face masks in Dev Alahan’s shop.

Monday’s instalment of the ITV soap saw characters Sally Metcalfe (Sally Dyvenor) and Alya Nazir (Sair Khan) discussing Alya’s jailed grandmother Yasmeen while standing next to bright yellow social media signs. 

But some viewers were put out by the scenes as they character’s failed to cover their faces despite face coverings now being compulsory to wear in shops, with one remarking: ‘Why are the people of Weatherfield above the law?’

Breaking the rules? Coronation Street viewers were left shocked during the latest episode as they spotted characters not wearing face masks in Dev Alahan's shop

Breaking the rules? Coronation Street viewers were left shocked during the latest episode as they spotted characters not wearing face masks in Dev Alahan’s shop

Though Sally and Alya were standing the regulated two metres apart, fans called out the duo for reportedly breaking the rules.

Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: ‘I thought face masks were now compulsory in shops? Why are the people of weatherfield above the law? Very irresponsible behaviour. They’ll be responsible for the 2nd wave! #Corrie.’

‘Sally is gonna give us a second wave! im fumed!’ tweeted a second.

With another person adding: ‘Typical politician, breaking the rules she created.’

Observations: Monday's instalment of the ITV soap saw characters Sally Metcalfe (Sally Dyvenor) and Alya Nazir (Sair Khan) discussing Alya's jailed grandmother Yasmeen while standing next to bright yellow social media signs

Observations: Monday’s instalment of the ITV soap saw characters Sally Metcalfe (Sally Dyvenor) and Alya Nazir (Sair Khan) discussing Alya’s jailed grandmother Yasmeen while standing next to bright yellow social media signs

However, many were quick to point out that the new rules making masks mandatory in shops came into effect on July 24th, while Coronation Street is filmed several weeks in advance.

‘They’re not up to date as yet. You’ll see it soon I’m sure’, tweeted one viewer.

While another agreed: ‘Filmed before it was made compulsory.’

‘No, they weren’t. Facemasks in shops have only been compulsory for just about 10 days or so. Corrie went back to work over a month ago and many scenes are filmed way out of context’ said a third.

Drama: But viewers were put out by the scenes as they character's failed to cover their faces despite face coverings now being compulsory to wear in shops, with one remarking:'Why are the people of Weatherfield above the law?'

Drama: But viewers were put out by the scenes as they character’s failed to cover their faces despite face coverings now being compulsory to wear in shops, with one remarking: ‘Why are the people of Weatherfield above the law?’

Complaints: Though Sally and Alya were standing the regulated two metres apart, fans called out the duo for reportedly breaking the rules

Complaints: Though Sally and Alya were standing the regulated two metres apart, fans called out the duo for reportedly breaking the rules

With another watcher adding: ‘It said the programme was filmed in march so not applicable.’

In addition, an ITV spokesperson has previously pointed out: ‘We’d appreciate the audience respecting that new episodes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale were recorded before the recent health and safety legislation.

‘Some scenes will be out of kilter with what is happening in the real world.’

Coronation Street’s cast and crew returned to work in June- stepping foot on the famous set for the first time in almost three months.

Grumblings: Taking to Twitter, one person wrote:'I thought face masks were now compulsory in shops? Why are the people of weatherfield above the law?

Grumblings: Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: ‘I thought face masks were now compulsory in shops? Why are the people of weatherfield above the law?

Production on the UK’s longest-running soap opera was halted at the end of March, when TV shows across the world began to shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

ITV’s other veteran soap Emmerdale, as well as BBC’s EastEnders and Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, all ceased filming while the UK went into lockdown, with broadcasts slots reduced and fears that networks would run out of new episodes.

Under the television industry’s return-to-work rules, cast and crew have to keep away from one another, filming scenes with the UK’s continued 2 metre social distance rule in place.

Filming: However, many were quick to point out that the new rules making masks mandatory in shops came into effect on July 24th, while Coronation Street is filmed several weeks in advance

Filming: However, many were quick to point out that the new rules making masks mandatory in shops came into effect on July 24th, while Coronation Street is filmed several weeks in advance

Despite this, it’s been said by Corrie bosses that coronavirus will not dominate the forthcoming storylines. However, kissing scenes will be banned in accordance with the on-set rules.

ITV bosses previously confirmed that older cast members will be kept at home during the first few weeks of filming.

Cast and crew over the age of 70, or with an underlying health condition, will be kept at home during the early stages.

Exciting: Coronation Street's stars returned to filming in June for the first time in three months, but with strict social distancing measures in place (pictured on set)

Exciting: Coronation Street’s stars returned to filming in June for the first time in three months, but with strict social distancing measures in place (pictured on set)

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