Wales will enter a strict two-week national lockdown from 6pm on Friday 23rd October, the Welsh Government has confirmed. The so-called circuit-breaker or fire-break lockdown will include the half-term holiday and will end on Monday 9th November.
However, despite the lockdown retrictions, it has been confirmed that plans for ITV's I'm A Celebrity to take place in Wales can continue.
Gwrych Castle, the location for the next series, tweeted: "Following the announcement today from the First Minister, the overriding message is that filming CAN continue in Wales providing related activity cannot be undertaken from home, and there is full compliance with Welsh law. We cannot wait to see I’m A Celebrity on our screens!"
In August, ITV confirmed that the upcoming series will be filmed at the historic Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales.
Andrew White, Director Wales, National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “We have been delighted to support Gwrych Castle and it is great to hear it will be having its moment in the limelight. The series will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the beauty of north Wales as well as show how a historic building can engage a modern audience in innovative ways. We hope it will help to boost support for the castle in the long term.”
Richard Cowles, Director of Entertainment at ITV Studios said: “The Australian jungle is such an integral part of the show it was a big challenge to find a UK location where we could continue to deliver what viewers love about I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! But Gwrych will definitely do that; the Castle sits in an amazing and atmospheric setting on a hillside overlooking the Irish Sea. While there will be plenty of changes required as we move from New South Wales in Australia to North Wales in the UK, we are really excited to see how we can adapt the format and make the Castle our new home for a very special 20th series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! this Autumn.”
I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! returns this November on ITV.