I'm A Celebrity 2020 'under threat' as Wales proposes travel ban

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2020 is ‘under threat’ as the First Minister of Wales proposes banning people from coronavirus hotspots in England from crossing the border.

Mark Drakeford announced new restrictions on Wednesday are planned to come into force at 6pm on Friday and they apply to those living in Tier 2 and 3 areas in England, and high-risk places in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

At present, most people in Wales are unable to leave their county without a ‘reasonable excuse’ such as work or school.

I’m A Celebrity is usually filmed in Australia, but was moved to Gwrych Castle in Conwy this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to The Sun, bosses of the ITV show have been forced to keep a watchful eye over the lockdown changes in Wales.

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A spokesperson for ITV told Metro.co.uk: ‘I’m A Celebrity continues to adhere to all relevant guidelines as well as our own strict Covid protocols.’

Mr Drakeford said banning people in areas of the UK with high levels of coronavirus from entering Wales was not an action against people from England.

‘I pleaded with the Prime Minister to protect low incidence areas in England by acting in the way that we have and I’m still baffled by his unwillingness to take that simple, common sense course of action,’ he said.

‘So this is not at all about trying to create a border. I was very keen indeed to avoid that.

‘It is about public health, it is about protecting areas and communities who feel very nervous, very under threat, very anxious that people will come from outside and spread the virus in parts of Wales where we don’t have big hospitals and we don’t have big infrastructures.

‘These are rural parts of our country and people are very, very fearful of what might happen to them.’

Mr Drakeford’s travel ban proposal, however, has been branded ‘unenforceable’ by a police chief.

The Police Federation of England and Wales said there would be difficulties identifying where people were travelling to and from and the measures add ‘yet another level of complexity’ to policing.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is scheduled to return to ITV in November.

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