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What Changes Has COVID-19 Brought To Filming ‘Love Island’ Season 2 In The USA?

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The two-hour kickoff on Monday night had fans excited about the return of Love Island. It helps bring back a little normalcy in a crazy world. There are some changes that had to be put into place for Season 2 because of COVID-19. The show originally was to film overseas, returning to Fiji, because of COVID they moved. It changed to La Vegas where they could shoot in a quarantined area. The Caesar’s Entertainment boutique hotel is the new filming location.

COVID-19 protocol is on the top of everyone’s mind as they film in a bubble. They are keeping a close eye on everyone as host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matthew Hoffman brings the show to eager viewers. A show where the contestants spend their time in bed together, can’t really focus on social distancing. For this reason, contestants were isolated before filming.

What Is Different for Love Island Because Of The Pandemic?

Love Island Season 2 takes place at a multi-level rooftop location. According to People, it features some fun amenities like a secret hot tub and an outdoor shower. It has a sundeck, communal bedroom, fire pit, and an outdoor gym as well. Before production started, the cast, staff, and crew isolated themselves from everyone. They were tested prior to filming. The production team said everyone is following, “specific health and safety protocols.”

The cast and crew will be screened daily checking for symptoms. There will be COVID-19 compliance officers working to make sure the crew is following the rules. The cleaning protocol will be different as well. The crew and staff will work in pods so they aren’t all-around each other at once. According to TV Guide the producers, Jessica Castro and Ben Thursby-Palmer, said, “The health and safety of everyone involved in Love Island is the highest priority. We’ve done everything we can to make sure the Islanders are safe and have the best summer of their lives and viewers can have a great summer living through them.”

What Can Fans Expect From This Slightly Different Seasons

Since they had strict rules up to time to film, Love Island didn’t have to change their format too much. The singles will share beds and hang out together in groups. “We are taking all the good bits fans loved — the fun games and challenges, dramatic recouplings and epic dumpings — and adding more,” the producers said.

A villa of ten new singles will be introduced to shake it up a bit. The aforementioned secret hot tub gives couples somewhere to go for privacy. It will be interesting to see if the screening and testing is something fans will see on camera or not. The show will air nightly on CBS.

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