Byron Bay COVID case: “There was no wrap or finishing party”
ITV Studios Australia issues new statement denying some claims made in the media.
ITV Studios Australia has released a further statements following some media reporting around alleged COVID breaches by a crew member whilst in Byron Bay.
There are fears the positive crew member from 10’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here could jeopardise production of Nine’s Love Island -both shows are produced by the same production company.
An ITV Studios Australia spokesperson said in a statement, “As has been reported, an I’m A Celebrity crew member tested positive for COVID-19. This discovery was made through the rigorous testing regime implemented by our CovidSAFE plan on the production.
“ITV Studios Australia are disappointed and sympathetic to the impact this has had on the region.
“We would like to clarify;
*There was no wrap or finishing party.
“*Any casual or close contacts of the crew member were isolated and immediately tested.
“*All rapid and PCR testing undertaken on ANY crew has returned a NEGATIVE result.
“*Close contacts will continue to complete a 14 day isolation and rigorous testing will continue.
“*As confirmed by NSW Health, this case is not related to any other cases of Covid in the Northern New South Wales region.
“*The crew member was engaged to work for one day only.
“*The crew member was not involved in Love Island Australia in any way.”
Local mayor Michael Lyon wrote in a Facebook post he is looking to rescind council approval for the Love Island but no decision has been made on production due to begin this weekend.
Nine said earlier today it was working with production and authorities to deliver the show, due to screen on October 4.