Normally, come June, the group chats and social schedules of many people around the UK become dominated by Love Island. But there's nothing normal about 2020 so far. With the country on lockdown and international travel on pause, many reality fans may be wondering how will the coronavirus outbreak affect Love Island?
COVID-19 has affected every aspect of day-to-day life. UK residents have now been instructed to stay inside at all costs, or else face serious consequences. On top of that, TV shows are cutting their live audiences, sporting events have been cancelled, and countries are closing their borders to international travellers. This all throws Love Island summer 2020 into question.
It was announced after the Winter Love Island final that the series would be returning in summer 2020. Laura Whitmore was confirmed as the show's host and they were on the lookout for new islanders to head to the villa in Majorca. However, Spain declared a State of Emergency on March 14. The Spanish government has now ordered that hotels and short-stay accommodation must close by March 24. British travellers who are currently in Spain and who wish to return to the UK are advised to make travel plans to do so as soon as possible. As with many other things in the COVID-19 outbreak, it is not known how long these restrictions will be necessary.
In a statement released on March 18 ITV’s CEO Carolyn McCall said, “This week has seen an escalation in the impact of the coronavirus with the Government ramping up measures and recommendations that are having profound implications for people and organisations across the UK. Whatever happens, we will continue to broadcast our six channels, which, between them, offer hundreds of hours of content every week for free and accessible to everyone in the UK.”
McCall went on to provide more details about changes in format to shows such as Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, The Voice UK, Coronation Street, and Emmerdale. However, there was no mention of Love Island.
However, although nothing has been officially announced about Love Island’s future, the Independent reported on March 24 that the producers are still hoping for the show to go into production as scheduled. So all hope is not lost. Watch this space.
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