Coronation Street’s Georgia Taylor and Will Mellor in row with fan who claims social distancing is ‘ruining’ the show

CORONATION Street stars Georgia Taylor and Will Mellor have hit back at fans over social distancing rules.

The stars who play Toyah Battersby and Harvey Gaskell respectively on the ITV soap, defended its strict social distancing rules which help to prevent the spread of Covid on set.


The row was set off underneath a photo of Harvey during visiting hours at the jail where he's currently incarcerated for drug dealing.

In the photo Harvey is sat at a distance away from his visitor, which caused fans to moan about social distancing.

"And still 2 metres apart! Its killing the show," one fan complained.

"Soaps seems to be one of the few places with covid restrictions."

Will then jumped in reassuring fans Harvey will be getting plenty close to his enemies once he's out of jail.

"Do[n't] worry! We are not 2 meters apart when Harvey gets out!!! Trust me," the actor wrote on Twitter.

But things really escalated when the fan would not let the soap's Covid safety protocols go.

"Yeah but as i said its like flu for most, the soaps are been a bunch of bed wetters," they wrote.

That's when Georgia jumped in to explain why the safety measures were necessary.

"Actor has covid. Isolates for 10 days," she started.

"Every single crew and cast member they have been working with (prior to latest regs) has to isolate.

"Corrie has to halt production. That (and to protect people) is why we’ve had to adhere to these rules. To keep the show on air x."

But that wasn't enough for the disgruntled fan who complained the rules were 'ruining' Corrie.

Georgia quickly replied: "If it’s ruining it for you then don’t watch for now.

"We will be back to normal in the future. I’m not getting into an argument with you.

"I’m just trying to explain why things have been the way they’ve been. We film many weeks in advance of transmission which also impacts things."

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all soaps have had to adapt to new health and safety guidelines over the past year and change the way they film scenes.

Anything that requires close contact, such as kissing or fighting scenes, have had to be reworked to incorporate social distancing, proving a headache for writers and crew.

Georgia and Will's row with the Corrie fans comes just months after an alarming rise of Covid cases on the set of the beloved soap.



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