I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE crew member sparks North Coast lockdown

The Byron and Tweed shires have been forced into snap seven-day lockdowns as a result of the COVID positive test.

The ABC are reporting the person responsible flew into Ballina Airport Saturday morning from Sydney to work on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, which airs on the 10 Network.

The positive result was reportedly picked up as a part of the testing regime implemented by the production company in line with their COVID-safe plan.

With the effects of the Coronavirus still impacting production across the nation, this is the second year in a row the ITV Studios Australia production has filmed in the Norther Rivers region of New South Wales. It usually films in Southern Africa.


It is understood the infected person was in the Ballina, Byron, and Tweed areas over the weekend, thus the need for the snap LGA shutdown.

A spokesman for ITV Studios Australia said:

“The crew member is fully vaccinated and was wearing PPE while at work.”

It is understood the crew member has returned to Sydney and into isolation after their positive test. The production has been affected as all close contacts are now in isolation awaiting negative test results.

Steve Molk
Steve Molk is sharply focused on the business of TV in Australia across all its formats - FTA broadcast, commercial, subscription, catch up & BVOD. Based on the Central Coast of NSW he's a passionate advocate for Australian-made programming, particularly drama and comedy. He loves podcasting, gaming & watching too much TV. For all media enquiries please call or text 0401-709-405


  1. She may have been wearing PPE at work but I’m pretty sure the couple of nights she spent at bars in the local area she was not. Surely ITV should be held liable here for their employee breaking the law a d loss of earnings for local businesses should be compensated. Employers have a responsibility over their employees behaviour.


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