“We are taking advantage of every inch of the site and spreading everyone out, creating separate areas which limit the movements of each individual,” he added.
Another popular Aussie TV export, soap opera Home and Away, is also set to roll again as the number of coronavirus cases in Australia slows to a trickle, local media reported.
Herbison said industry professionals had been collaborating on how best to get back on track.
“One positive and unexpected consequence of COVID-19 is the way it’s brought producers around the world together,” he said.
“I’ve had conversations with contemporaries from Australia, the US and the UK and there’s a great spirit of sharing advice and wisdom.”
Lingering signs of the virus — such as hand sanitizer — may show up on screen in future episodes, he added, but a decision was made to leave the fictional world of Ramsay Street largely untouched by the pandemic.
“There’s a creative question –- will our viewers want to switch on Neighbours and relive it again? Or is our job to provide escapism?” Herbison said.
“I tend to feel it’s the latter.”