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I'm A Celeb 2020 under threat as Wales faces new lockdown rules that ban bubbles


I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is now set to be in crisis after Wales introduce new lockdown measures that will prohibit ‘bubbles’ and group gatherings.

Only recently, it had been announced that the show would go on, after producers had decided to relocating to Gwrych Castle in Conwy, Wales, instead of the usual Australian outback, in a bid to obey Covid-19 rules.

With the ITV favourite set to begin filming in the next few weeks, the news that Wales have now amended their own government guidelines, will no doubt land as a low blow for producers of the show.

The new rules stipulate for Conwy “people will no longer be able to form, or be in, an extended household (sometimes called a bubble)”.

I'm A Celebrity... under crisis as new Welsh lockdown measures are introduced
I’m A Celebrity… under crisis as new Welsh lockdown measures are introduced

Issues for executives will not end there, as meeting indoors can only happen with “good reason” for instance “providing care to a vulnerable person”.

With strict sanctions now in place, if the show were to go ahead celebrities would have no choice but to retreat outside in the wet and wild British weather.

A safe distance and obvious cautions not to mingle stars of the show, along with hosts Ant and Dec, plus the crew is also going to put an incredible strain on the work and planning already carried out.

Another workaround is the fact the production team will now suffer great difficulty trying to return home to loved ones as another rule came into play to prevent people flowing freely.

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Bosses had already broke the bank to ensure Gwrych Castle in Conwy, Wales was kitted out ready for the stars
Bosses had already broke the bank to ensure Gwrych Castle in Conwy, Wales was kitted out ready for the stars

This would mean that even if they were to make a break and return to their families, they wouldn’t be allowed to return to get the reality show off of the ground.

The government website read: “People will not be allowed to enter or leave the Conwy County Borough area without a reasonable excuse.”

It may even be too late for ITV chiefs to claw it back after they had spent more than £1million to hire Gwyrch Castle when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

New restrictions would prohibit 'bubbles' and group gatherings
New restrictions would prohibit ‘bubbles’ and group gatherings

The team are claimed to have splashed mega bucks already on the early 19th-century building, including electrical installations and yards of pipes for running water.

With plans for the reality stars to sleep under a protected roof to shield them from the cold weather, they may need to abort plans all together now.

As localised lockdown restrictions are currently ever-changing at the moment, it may be an impossible feat for bosses to find another new location.

The Daily Star Online has contacted ITV representatives for further comment.





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