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I'm A Celebrity won't be stopped by new Welsh lockdown restrictions

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This year's I'm A Celebrity will go ahead in Wales despite lockdown restrictions.

As a result of the ongoing pandemic, the show this year will film at Gwrych Castle in North Wales.

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But with the launch now weeks away, the Welsh government has implemented new lockdown restrictions on travel and movement within the country.

However Gwrych Castle have insisted that the new rules will not stop I'm A Celebrity from going ahead.

They explained: "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!"

A spokesperson for ITV said in a statement: "I'm A Celebrity continues to adhere to all relevant guidelines as well as our own strict Covid protocols."

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It follows an insider claiming to The Sunday People at the weekend that a worst-case scenario could see the 2020 series cancelled.

"It has been a huge concern to the casting team as well as producers," a source shared. "The possibility of postponing the series and rescheduling to early next year was given due consideration.

"But rescheduling isn’t a viable option as the casting involves set dates in contracts for talent."

I'm A Celebrity is currently scheduled to begin in November on ITV although an exact start date is to be confirmed.

Rumoured celebs for 2020's I'm A Celebrity line up currently include former Strictly pro AJ Pritchard, radio & TV presenter Maya Jama, actress Tamzin Outhwaite, Boyzone singer Keith Duffy, actor & musician Martin Kemp, soap star Nikki Sanderson and presenter Vernon Kay.

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Also linked to the cast are former Coronation Street actress Lucy Fallon, The Chaser Jenny Ryan, famous footballer Paul Merson, singer Jessie J and Love Island star Maura Higgins.

Fronted by Ant & Dec, the usual tasks will return and the winner is set to be named King or Queen of the Castle instead of the jungle to reflect the new setup.