A reality TV makeup artist who spread Covid-19 to northern NSW is in isolation in Sydney as more crew members from I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! testing positive for the virus.
Kelly Bowman, 31, has been accused of not following health regulations and not using QR check-in codes after traveling from Sydney to Byron Bay over the weekend to work on the filming of the reality TV show.
Mrs. Bowman was licensed to travel to the area for work, but she would go straight to her hotel in Kingscliff and leave alone to attend the film set, at the behest of the entire state.
However, the police said they reportedly visited seven cafes, pubs and clothing stores in the region before testing positive for coronavirus on Monday, leading to a seven-day lockdown for Byron Bay and Tweed LGAs.
Katie Shanahan-Chohilli, owner of talent agency Reload, confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that Ms Bowman was at the reality TV shoot over the weekend of September 18-19, but was unaware she was at the center of the Covid scandal.
Kelly Bowman (pictured) reportedly frequented cafes, pubs and clothing stores while traveling to the Byron Bay area for work
Kelly Bowman (pictured) is signed to talent agency Reload. The owner was unaware that Mrs Bowman was in the middle of the scaldal?
“Kelly was up there,” she said. “The entire crew is isolated.”
Ms Bowman – who had been given a double dose and had negative Covid tests prior to her flight – was given a travel waiver to work on the reality TV show, but she had to follow Sydney’s stay-at-home orders during her work trip.
A big name in the make-up and hair industry, she has collaborated on Australia’s Next Top Model, The Voice, and a slew of high-fashion editorial shoots with Elle UK and Russh.
While Ms Bowman visited a number of locations in the region within about 60 minutes of hopping off Virgin Flight 1141 at 8.45am, police said it was a nearly two-hour dinner at Salt Bar and Bistro in Kingscliff – about 50 minutes south. north of Byron Bay – was the main concern.
Everyone who was in the restaurant on Saturday night between 6:40 PM and 8 PM, which can serve approximately 280 guests at any one time, is in close contact and has been ordered by NSW Health to undergo a test and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
Ms Bowman (pictured) has worked for a number of high profile clients in Australia and the UK
Mrs Bowman, 31, lives in Rushcutters Bay in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and flew to Byron Bay for work
Kelly Bowman went to Salt Bar and Bistro for nearly two hours on Saturday night (pictured)
A source told online entertainment tabloid So dramatic that Ms. Bowman was supposed to work on Love Island on Sunday, but met the I’m A Celebrity production crew to celebrate the end of filming.
“Some production crews went from one set to another. They also flew additional crew from Sydney,” they said.
“They had finished filming in Murwillambuh and were on their way to Byron Bay and met the Sydney woman who was unknowingly infected at the time.”
Ms Bowman spent a full day on set on Sunday before returning a positive test on Monday during routine tests.
“This has now caused massive delays to Love Island’s production and the show may have to be postponed or even cancelled, given the number of crew members who have tested positive and possibly more,” the publication reported.
Ms Bowman has been charged with allegedly not checking in to locations using QR codes
Pictured: Dr. Chris Brown on the North Shore of NSW during the filming of I’m A Celebrity
Pictured: A map showing the seven locations the makeup artist visited over the weekend
The source said production crews at ITV were ‘panicing’ as all close contacts had to isolate for two weeks, bringing shooting schedules to a halt.
Daily Mail Australia tried several times to contact Ms Bowman for comment on Thursday, but she did not respond.
An ITV spokeswoman previously said there was no wrap party in a statement to Daily Mail Australia.
About an hour after she jumped off the plane in Ballina, Mrs Bowman is said to have exposed everyone at the local vegan eatery Combi to the virus between 9.45 and 10.15 am.
She then browsed the racks at Assembly Label—a clothing store with a large range of linens—about an hour and a half at 10:40 AM, before popping into Orgasmic Food Byron Bay about an hour and a half later for a Mediterranean-inspired lunch.
The makeup artist traveled to Byron Bay and Kingscliff to work on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here. Pictured: Hosts Chris Brown and Julia Morris
Pictured: The crew of I’m A Celebrity at Peppers Report in Kingscliff on Saturday morning
Mrs. Bowman stayed at Peppers Salt Resort and Spa in Kingscliff during her stay. Pictured: Other crew members at the hotel on Saturday
The makeup artist left the falafel tent at 1:00 PM and embarked on a 50-minute drive to her hotel in Kingscliff, but stopped for 15 minutes at Casuarina Health and Lifestyle Pharmacy along the way.
She arrived at Peppers Salt Resort and Spa in Kingscliff at about 2:30 a.m. and waited at the front desk for about 20 minutes.
On Sunday morning, the woman exposed customers of Kingscliff’s Saltbean cafe to Covid twice – once between 7.40am and 8am and again between 10.15am and 10.45am.
She then returned to the cafe between 7:40 AM and 8:00 AM on Monday morning.
Police claim she did not use QR codes to check the locations she visited.
Mrs Bowman went to the Saltbean cafe three times (pictured) – twice on Sundays and once on Monday
She also went to Orgasmic Food Byron Bay on Saturday afternoon for a Mediterranean-inspired lunch
On Wednesday, she was charged with five counts of non-compliance with the Electronic Registration Directive and is due to appear in Tweed Heads court on November 8.
Hours later, she was charged with an additional offense – person relying on permit does not meet permit conditions.
ITV Studios told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday that the woman was working on a satellite recording with a limited crew of ten.
“As per NSW Health requirements, they will still complete 14 days of isolation and be retested on day 12,” a spokeswoman said.
The makeup artist had a rapid antigen test and a PCR test before testing positive, and wore personal protective equipment while working.