Emmerdale fans notice coronavirus and lockdown references in tonight's episode

With the exception of the lockdown instalments, tonight’s episode of Emmerdale was seemingly the first to feature coronavirus and lockdown references.

Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) gave Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw) a lecture about how Brenda Walker (Lesley Dunlop) has yet to sign the document for her to become a silent partner.

After Bob successfully managed to convince her that Brenda will do so when she’s good and ready, Nicola prepared to exit the cafe.

As she did so, she realised that Wendy Posner (Susan Cookson) was in the queue behind her. They reached a stalemate, as Wendy thought about how best to move out of the way — to ensure they maintained a distance.

However, Bob intervened and informed Nicola that they’ve a new exit out the back.

Fans were quick to notice the changes:

In addition to the scene with Nicola and Wendy, there was a second scene that seemingly acknowledged lockdown.

Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) headed up to HOP — which had recently opened — to check out the competition.

As she checked the menu, she asked Manpreet Sharma (Rebecca Sarker) if Priya (Fiona Wade) knows when HOP will be able to serve food indoors, and Manpreet replied that some changes would have to be made to allow for such a thing.

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While Covid-19 wasn’t referenced via dialogue, it appeared that — much like Coronation Street — the soap has now transitioned into a post-lockdown world.

The ITV soap aired a series of lockdown episodes a couple of weeks ago — which means lockdown did seemingly occur in the serial drama’s fictional narrative.

Emmerdale continues Monday August 3 at 7pm on ITV.

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