Now the mayor of Byron Bay wants to ban ALL reality TV shows from the region

Now Byron Bay mayor wants to ban ALL reality TV shows from region after I am a Celebrity crew member who tested positive for Covid










The mayor of Byron Shire has said he wants to ban all reality shows from the region after an I’m a Celebrity crew member tested positive for Covid, shutting down the entire area for seven days in a pinch.

Michael Lyon considers withdrawing council approval for new season of Love Island Australia, tells The Daily Telegraph production is ‘unlikely’ to continue.

He said TV production companies cannot be trusted to do the right thing, so the most sensible option is to ban them altogether.

Furious: Mayor of Byron Shire Michael Lyon (pictured) wants to ban all reality shows from the region after an I’m a Celebrity crew member tested positive for Covid, triggering a rapid shutdown

“It is so devastating to be back in lockdown and it is clear that the ‘honour’ system on which the state government relies is deeply flawed,” said Mr Lyon.

“It’s worth noting that people who come to work here don’t really need to show a negative Covid test, luckily this was part of the film protocol that allowed for this early detection.”

“Maybe our call to tighten restrictions will finally be heeded.”

He went on to say that his “local community is once again paying the price for the lack of attention to how Covid can spread to the regions.”

Stop production?  Michael Lyon is considering withdrawing council approval for Love Island Australia's new season, saying The Daily Telegraph's production is 'unlikely' to go ahead

Stop production? Michael Lyon is considering withdrawing council approval for Love Island Australia’s new season, saying The Daily Telegraph’s production is ‘unlikely’ to go ahead

It comes after Mr Lyon accused production company ITV Studios – which produces both Love Island and I’m a Celebrity – of bringing ‘Covid to the region’ in a blazing Facebook post on Wednesday, saying it was trying to ‘revoke board approval ‘.

He said: “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.”

“As part of that recently issued approval, which allows them to film in Federal for more than 30 days, I pushed for a 14-day isolation period during which any cast or crew coming from an area of ​​business would not come into contact with people from our region.

Outbreak: It comes after Mr Lyon accused production company ITV Studios - which produces both Love Island and I'm a Celebrity - of bringing 'Covid to the region' in a blazing Facebook post on Wednesday, saying it was trying to ' the council to dissolve' approval'

Outbreak: It comes after Mr Lyon accused production company ITV Studios – which produces both Love Island and I’m a Celebrity – of bringing ‘Covid to the region’ in a blazing Facebook post on Wednesday, saying it was trying to ‘ the council to dissolve’ approval’

“It is clear that this is not possible given the events of the past few days. Council approval was only part of the process, it has not yet had ministerial approval, so I would say it is unlikely to go ahead.

“It is so devastating to be back in lockdown and it is clear that the ‘honour’ system the state government relies on is deeply flawed. It’s worth noting that people who come to work here don’t really need to show a negative COVID test; luckily this was part of the movie protocol that allowed for this early detection. Perhaps our call for tightening restrictions will finally be heeded.’

Blistered statement: He said: 'I am 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'

Blistered statement: He said: ‘I am 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’

The counties of Byron and Tweed were put into rapid lockdown on Tuesday afternoon after a case was registered in the area.

The person was later identified as a fully vaccinated female crew member 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 31-year-old was licensed to travel to the area for work-related purposes only.

But police say she violated the terms of her license when she went to pubs and shops in Byron Bay and Kingscliff over the weekend.

While I’m a Celebrity has finished shooting, the same ITV Studios crew is set to start work on Love Island next week – which now seems unlikely.

Lockdown: The Byron and Tweed shires were put into a rapid lockdown on Tuesday afternoon after a case was registered in the area.  The person was later identified as a fully vaccinated female crew member on Channel 10's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here

Lockdown: The Byron and Tweed shires were put into a rapid lockdown on Tuesday afternoon after a case was registered in the area. The person was later identified as a fully vaccinated female crew member on Channel 10’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here

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