Love Island return date ‘confirmed’ as show is delayed by three weeks due to Covid travel restrictions
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Love Island will return to our screens this July and will run for 8 weeks, according to reports.
The TV show is set to go ahead but will be three weeks behind its usual June launch date amid current Covid travel restrictions.
ITV is reportedly still planning for the show to take place in Majorca, but they have Jersey on standby as a location “in case a new strain hits”, MailOnline reports.
A source told the publication: "Crew members are scheduled to fly out to Majorca on June 20 – with the series expected to launch a week later.
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“In 2019, the first episode aired on June 3, meaning Love Island will be over three weeks later this year due to current restrictions on overseas travel.
“The delayed launch date will not have an impact on the length of the series, with the show still running for a duration of eight weeks.
“Winter Love Island on the other hand has been 'indefinitely postponed' as bosses put all their energies until the summer series.”
Hosted by Laura Whitmore, the dating programme will go ahead as planned after being canceled due to travel restrictions last year.
A source told The Sun: "All precautions have been taken to make sure it goes smoothly. Besides the extra cast, they’ve incorporated Covid safety measures and increased checks on contestants’ mental health.
“Everyone is very excited. Restrictions are easing, the Euros football is on and Love Island is back in Majorca. What more could you want?"
It had also been rumoured that the show will go ahead somewhere in Britain if travel restrictions do not improve, and filming abroad becomes “logistically impossible”.
The show will have extra cast members flown out in May as an added safety measure to keep the show afloat in case there is trouble. Applicants have all been told to make themselves available for a whole 10 weeks.
They will have psychological and physical assessments as well as STI screenings and random drugs tests.
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Love Island bosses will also be asking contestants about their mental health history and for their permission to allow them to contact their GPs so that they can help support them during the show and with aftercare.
Additionally, contestants will have to declare is they live with anyone who is clinically vulnerable.
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