Love Island Australia halts filming after Covid breach


Love Island Australia hits another snag as construction of the show’s new villa is halted due to breach of Covid rules – after filming was shifted from Queensland to NSW


Production of Love Island Australia’s upcoming third season isn’t going to plan thanks to Covid-19

Just days after it was revealed the ITV program had been forced to change locations from Queensland to Northern NSW due to border closures, new reports have emerged that filming has been halted due to a breach of Council regulations.  

TV Tonight reported on Saturday that construction of Love Island’s famous villa was shut down, after producers failed to submit a Covid safety plan to the local council.  

Another spanner in the works: Love Island Australia has hit another snag after construction of the show’s new villa was halted due to a breach of Covid rules – after filming was shifted from Queensland to NSW. Pictured: host Sophie Monk 

The production, which is taking place at a small town called Federal, west of Byron Bay, also failed to submit details of cast and crew’s travel plans, the report claims.   

‘The production had gone ahead with some early works. As soon as we were advised that the works were actually non-compliant, we stopped. ITV has apologised to Council and is taking steps to rectify the mistake,’ An ITV Studios spokesperson told TV Tonight. 

ITV assured the publication that a ‘comprehensive CovidSAFE plan’ has now been enacted on-set.  

Halted: TV Tonight reported on Saturday that construction of Love Island's famous villa was shut down, after producers failed to submit a Covid safety plan to the local council. Pictured: Love Island Australia season 1 cast

Halted: TV Tonight reported on Saturday that construction of Love Island’s famous villa was shut down, after producers failed to submit a Covid safety plan to the local council. Pictured: Love Island Australia season 1 cast 

‘In addition to the mandatory government requirements, we have implemented additional Covid protocols,’ the company said in an official statement. 

‘These include a rigorous Covid testing regime for all cast and crew and we have engaged an extensive safety team including Covid marshalls.’ 

It is believed production will recommence soon. 

Change of plans: It comes after the reality dating program was forced to shift production from the Sunshine State's Port Douglas to Northern NSW last month

Change of plans: It comes after the reality dating program was forced to shift production from the Sunshine State’s Port Douglas to Northern NSW last month 

It comes after the reality dating program was forced to shift production from the Sunshine State’s Port Douglas to Northern NSW last month. 

‘As a result of the current COVID-19 situation and fluctuating border restrictions, we have decided to move the filming location of the upcoming third season of Love Island Australia to Federal, northern NSW,’ ITV Studios Australia CEO & Managing Director, David Mott told Nine.com.au

‘This decision has been made with the best interests and safety of all cast and crew involved. We have found a brilliant location and can’t wait to get started.

Love Island Australia returns to Channel Nine later this year.

Don't miss it! Love Island Australia returns to Channel Nine later this year

Don’t miss it! Love Island Australia returns to Channel Nine later this year 

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