The show was previously cancelled because of the pandemic (Picture: Metro.co.uk)
ITV’s Love Island finally returns to our screens in a matter of days, and the full line up of contestants has been announced.
The dating show will see singletons return to the revamped villa to find true love – with insiders describing it as the ‘best series yet’.
The Islanders are reportedly quarantining in Spain ahead of the launch show, leading many to wonder about the coronavirus-secure filming restrictions in place.
So, do contestants have to have a vaccine before the show starts?
Do Love Island contestants have to get a Covid vaccine before entering the villa?
It’s not known if contestants have to get the vaccine before entering the villa.
However, it is likely that the majority of the cast will already be vaccinated as the minimum age for booking vaccines in the UK has been lowered to 18 – which is also the minimum age contestants are allowed to be on the show.
A spokesperson for Love Island told Metro.co.uk: ‘the production of Love Island Series 7 will adhere to all of the UK and Spain’s government guidelines surrounding Covid-19 in line with the UK TV Production Guidance.’
The guidance recommends that fewer people are involved in the filming process, and that heightened precautions are in place on set.
These include increased hand washing, minimised travel, quarantining before entering the villa, and extra mental health support.
Contestants will have to sign a form to identify those who are clinically vulnerable or if they live with anyone who is and producers will seek permission to contact contestants’ GPs.
The cast will have to quarantine on arrival in Spain (Picture: ITV)
It is also reported that ITV will fly out a ‘back-up cast’ who will be able to step in to replace contestants if they need to be removed from the villa – however, this has not been confirmed.
The move is said to have been made to avoid a repeat of the disasters which befell fellow ITV show Dancing On Ice, which was plagued by injury problems as well as losing several contestants who tested positive for coronavirus.
Travel guidance was every-changing in the lead up to the show, and so the likes of Jersey, Cornwall and Devon were touted as possible destinations for this year’s series if international travel would not be an option.
Love Island 2021 starts on Monday, June 28, on ITV2.
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