Coronavirus: ITV Scraps Love Island for 2020

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ITV’s Kevin Lygo has announced this morning that series seven of Love Island will move to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It will come as no surprise that this year’s Love Island has been cancelled by ITV as a result of the Coronavirus.

The hugely popular show was expected to face the chop this year as television companies, including ITV, scaled back production as a result of social distancing rules.

Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV said: “We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it’s just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the well-being of everyone involved and that for us is the priority.

“In normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon to travel out to the location in Mallorca to get the villa ready but clearly that’s now out of the question. “

Love Island is the latest in a growing line of popular programmes which are being affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Soap operas including ITV’s Emmerdale and Coronation Street are soon to run out of new episodes, with filming on both show currently suspended.

Kevin Lygo added; “We are very sorry for fans of the show but making it safely is our prime concern and Love Island will be back stronger than ever in 2021. In the meantime Love Island fans can still enjoy all six series of Love Island on BritBox.”