I’m A Celeb backlash in Australia as 135,000 people forced into lockdown

A crew member working on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! Australia has been charged with breaching COVID rules.

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Around 135,000 people have been forced into a seven-day local lockdown in Australia after a make-up artist working on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! flew from Sydney to New South Wales under a work exemption. She is said to have visited several restaurants and bars before testing positive for COVID-19.

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Australia COVID rules

There are still strict COVID rules in place in Australia and travel between states is limited. Many people are angry that they have been unable to travel to visit family while working on a TV show has seemingly been allowed as an exception to the rules. In a statement, ITV said:

We can confirm that one of our crew members has tested positive to COVID-19. This discovery was made through the rigorous testing regime implemented by our CovidSAFE plan. The crew member is fully vaccinated and was wearing PPE while at work. All close contacts of the crew member from within the ITV production have been identified. They are being tested and will isolate in accordance with NSW Health's requirements.

I’m A Celeb UK

Meanwhile, the UK edition of I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! 2021 is being filmed in Wales again for the second year running. Ant and Dec teased fans this week with a picture taken near Mynyddislwyn in Monmouthshire as they began filming for the show.

The start date for I’m A Celeb 2021 hasn’t yet been announced, but Ant and Dec have confirmed that we will be getting a ‘full series’ this year—with live shows every night. Last year, a highlights show was aired on Saturday nights due to COVID protocols—and fans weren’t happy about it.

I’m A Celeb 2021 will be filmed in Australia I’m A Celeb 2021 will be filmed in Australia