Love Island Australia continues to film in Byron Bay despite objections from the local mayor after a crew member was working on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! tested positive for Covid
Love Island Australia is still continuing filming in the Byron hinterland village of Federal after the region’s mayor, Michael Lyon, and the Byron Shire council officially withdrew their support for the production.
Mayor Lyon expressed concern about the number of reality shows filmed in and around Byron Bay last week after an I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! tested positive for Covid, putting the entire area in a seven-day lockdown.
Nine Network program director Hamish Turner has since publicly acknowledged the council’s problems with the project, but said production would go ahead as planned.
Full steam ahead for reality TV: Love Island Australia still continues filming in Byron Bay despite objection from Mayor Michael Lyon
“We acknowledge the mayor’s comments and while disappointing, we intend to ensure production of Love Island, which has not yet started filming, is completed within existing regulations to ensure the show is ready for our audience,” he said. The Daily Telegraph.
“All productions are carried out in accordance with the strictest health and safety regulations, testing and isolation,” Turner added.
Production is still slated to go ahead, as current development-exempt regulations allow for up to 30 days of filming on private property.
The Rules: Production is still scheduled to go ahead, as the current exempt development rules allow for up to 30 days of filming on private property. In the photo: Love Island presenter Sophie Monk
Last week, Mayor Lyon said he wanted to ban all reality TV shows from filming in the region after an I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! tested positive for Covid and sent the entire area into a seven-day lockdown.
He claimed that TV production companies cannot be trusted to do the right thing, so the most sensible option is to ban them altogether.
“It’s so devastating to be locked up again and it’s clear that the ‘honour’ system that the state government relies on is deeply flawed,” he said in a blistering Facebook post.
Furious: Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon (pictured) wants to ban all reality shows from the region after an I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! crew member tested positive for Covid, causing rapid lockdown
“It’s worth noting that people who come to work here don’t really have to show a negative Covid test, luckily this was part of the film protocol that made this early detection possible.”
The major accused production company ITV Studios – which produces both Love Island and I’m a Celebrity – of bringing ‘Covid to the region’.
“I’m exploring our options this morning to withdraw city council approval for the Love Island production, from the same studios that brought I’m a Celebrity – and Covid – to the region,” he wrote.
“As part of that approval that was recently issued, allowing them to film in Federal for more than 30 days, I pushed for a 14-day isolation period where cast or crew coming from an area with cases would not come in contact with people.” from our region.’
Blistered statement: He said: ‘I’m exploring our options this morning to revoke city council approval for the Love Island production, from the same studios that brought I’m a Celebrity – and Covid – to the region’
The counties of Byron and Tweed were forced into a rapid lockdown last Tuesday after a case was discovered in the area.
The case was later identified as a female makeup artist on Channel 10’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.
The crew member is now facing criminal charges for violating the terms of her work permit and for failing to check in at locations using QR codes.
The crew member had a work permit to travel, but police claimed she had violated the terms of her permit by visiting shops and pubs in Byron Bay.
Lockdown: The Byron and Tweed shires were forced into a rapid lockdown last Tuesday after a case was discovered in the area. The case was later identified as a female makeup artist on Channel 10’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!