Dancing on Ice crew members ‘test positive for Covid’ just days before launch

Dancing on Ice were alleged to be fearful that the show could be chopped at the last minute after five members of the production team contracted the virus.

However, it seems that chiefs and organisers of the skating programme have enforced a "robust set of measures" to ensure the safety of their staff.

According to the latest reports, producers needed to tighten up restrictions in a bid to stem a small outbreak among staff members.

The ITV hit which includes hosts Holly Willoughby , 39, and Phillip Schofield, 58, have seemingly managed to ensure that the show will go on, even though they'll be missing valuable crew who will now need to self-isolate.

A TV insider reported to The Sun: "More than five members of production are isolating because of Covid right now — it's become a nightmare.

Not taking any chances, nor wanting the show to be pulled in the final hours, ITV have put in even more stringent rules to prevent the spread of the virus.

The source explained: "They're now enforcing even stricter regulations.

"But while there are concerns about further people having to isolate, bosses are confident they have put all the precautions in place to safely be able to get the show on air."

The skating competition in recent years has boasted a live studio audience but in keeping with government guidelines it was alleged in recent reports that this function has been aborted.

It was also claimed that the judges won't be segregated like the Strictly Come Dancing panel, instead they'll all be divided by perspex screens to maximise safety, much like The Masked Singer set up.

An ITV Spokesperson told the Daily Star: "The welfare of everyone who works on Dancing On Ice is our first priority.

"We have had a robust set of measures in place ever since work on the series commenced in order to operate safely within Covid-19 guidelines and to ensure the wellbeing of everyone connected with the production."

Dancing On Ice will air on January 17 on ITV.

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