Bosses of the popular BBC dance show Strictly Come Dancing have denied claims that this year’s line-up have been advised “to avoid big events or partying” amid fears of them testing positive for Covid.
Strictly contestants were rumoured to have been "advised to avoid big events or partying" due to fears more celebrities and professional cancers could catch the virus – after Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden tested positive for the virus and were forced to miss a week.
But, a source told OK! the celebs haven't been "banned" from going to parties.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the show has reiterated that “strict government and industry guidelines” are followed at all times.
A Strictly spokesperson told OK!: “We do not comment on speculation of somebody’s Covid vaccination status. Strictly Come Dancing production continues to follow strict government and industry guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.”
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The show has come under a lot of speculation this year regarding vaccinations with reports last month of two pro dancers have refused Covid jabs, which was said to have left some celebs reluctant to partner with them.
The BBC has since denied the claims, saying that “no dancers or celebrities have threatened to quit”.
A BBC statement read: "A lot has been written about vaccinations and Strictly in recent days. The BBC has never commented nor confirmed the vaccination status of anyone on the show. It’s not our place to.
"It is not the case that concerns have been raised with the BBC or the Strictly production team from dancers or celebrities about vaccination, or that they have threatened to quit.”
Latest claims that contestants have been “advised to avoid big events or partying” were reported in The Mirror.
An insider told the publication: “Paranoia is swirling round the BBC studios – everyone is fearful of getting Covid and ruining their chances.”
Avoiding “big events” is said to be the advice given to contestants to try and ensure the show can continue.
The insider continued: "They’ve been advised to avoid big events or partying – anything that could see them testing positive for the virus.
"Producers have been very clear that health and safety come first, which means contestants have had to forego painting the town red as was customary in previous years.”
The BBC deny such claims. A BBC statement read: “We have in place strict procedures to protect those on the show and the wider production. Among the many measures in place on Strictly, the dancers are tested regularly to be in close contact with their partners.
"The cast, crew and everyone working on Strictly are focused on this weekend’s live show and delivering another brilliant series."
McFly singer Tom Fletcher and his Strictly partnerAmy Dowdenboth tested positive forCovidat the end of last month which meant they had to miss a live show.
He had been on tour with his band McFly amid his commitment to Strictly but admitted it was “silly” going on tour amid Strictly training.
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