I’m A Celebrity 2020 'at risk' as Wales hit by new lockdown rules

The upcoming series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is reportedly at risk after Wales was hit with fresh lockdown rules.

The ITV show is usually filmed in Australia, but was moved to Gwrych Castle in Conwy this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Filming was due to begin on the series in the next few weeks, with Ant and Dec reprising their hosting roles.

However, new guidance has been issued for the area, with the Welsh government stating: ‘People will no longer be able to form, or be in, an extended household.’

Meeting indoors with people who are not in the same household has also been banned, unless there is a ‘good reason’ for this to happen.

As well as this, residents cannot leave or enter the area ‘without good reason’.

‘The basic message is that we want people to stay in the area as much as possible,’ the warning reads. ‘You do not have a reasonable excuse to leave the area to do something if you could be reasonably expected to be able to do it within the area.

‘This also works the other way around. Those living outside the area should not enter it if at all possible.’

Discussing the changes, an ITV spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘I’m A Celebrity continues to adhere to all relevant guidelines as well as our own strict Covid protocols.’

It must be noted that these measures could change by the time filming begins on the show.

Bosses recently announced that I’m A Celebrity would be taking place in the UK as safety measures around the world increased, amid the health scare.

Previous winner Vicky Pattison suggested that the show will not be filmed in the Australian jungle for the next few years.

‘Obviously it’s not ideal but I think it’s incredibly admirable that they’ve managed to roll with the punches,’ she told Metro.co.uk.

‘I’ve got some friends in Australia, and they said Australia is not opening its borders until 2022.

‘I think it’s great that ITV and I’m A Celeb have managed to roll with the punches so effortlessly and come up with a new place to have it. 

‘The show, it doesn’t matter where it is, what makes it is Ant and Dec.

‘What makes it is seeing celebs scream, seeing them test their mettle, watching people come out the other side of something difficult and feel really proud of themselves. 

‘That feel good factor will still be there, no matter where it is. I just think they’re going to be in for a lot more sheep testicles.’

While the official line-up has not yet been announced, a string of famous faces have been linked with a visit to the castle.

Rob Kardashian, Alexandra Burke, Selling Sunset’s Christine Quinn and Jessie J have been rumoured to be temporarily making Wales their home.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is due to air on ITV later this year.

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