Will Strictly Come Dancing still be going ahead? That's what lots of loyal Strictly fans are asking after a second lockdown was confirmed to start on Thursday 5th November and last until 2nd December.
Strictly already operates with multiple coronavirus contingencies and social distancing measures in place, with the dancers and celebrity contestants forming support bubbles which means one half of the duo has to live alone.
Over the summer, all the pro dancers and some crew members isolated at home before moving into a hotel near the Strictly studio and were able to safely live and work together as one household. This meant they could pre-record all their group dances, so it's just the couple dances we're watching live every weekend.
Given all these measures, the BBC has confirmed that the show will be going ahead as planned, with a spokesperson telling Cosmopolitan UK:
“Strictly will continue to adhere to government guidelines. We have rigorous protocols in place to manage Covid-19 as the safety of all those involved in the production is paramount.”
Following Boris Johnson's announcement on Saturday, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said where it's not possible to work from home, travel into work is allowed. He tweeted, "The changes mean people should WFH where possible. But where this is not possible, travel to a place of work will be permitted – e.g. this includes (but not exhaustive) elite sport played behind closed doors, film & tv production, telecoms workers."
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This was echoed by British Film Institute CEO Ben Roberts, who wrote on Twitter: “Covid-secure Film & TV production is permitted under the new guidelines.”
As for the small studio audience who applied for tickets to the live shows, it's not clear if they will still be able to attend.
Watch Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC this weekend.
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