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Isle be back Love Island delayed by three weeks due to Covid-19 travel restrictions

Seventh series’ launch date will be later than usual to allow for proper quarantine protocol

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Last year’s Love Island contestants (Joel Anderson/ITV)

Last year’s Love Island contestants (Joel Anderson/ITV)

Last year’s Love Island contestants (Joel Anderson/ITV)

The highly anticipated return of Love Island will be delayed by three weeks due to Covid travel restrictions and is set to take place over July and August in Mallorca.

ITV have confirmed that the reality dating show will return this summer after it was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

However, MailOnline reported that the seventh series’ launch date will be later than usual to allow for proper quarantine protocol.

The 2019 summer season first aired on June 3rd, but an insider revealed that islanders won’t be appearing on our screens this summer until at least the end of June.

The source told MailOnline: “Crew members are scheduled to fly out to Mallorca on June 20th – with the series expected to launch a week later.

“In 2019, the first episode aired on June 3rd, meaning Love Island will be over three weeks later this year due to current restrictions on overseas travel.

“The delayed launch date will not have an impact on the length of the series, with the show still running for a duration of eight weeks.”

ITV bosses are currently planning for the latest season to be filmed in sunny Mallorca, but are reportedly keeping Jersey as a backup option in case of another coronavirus wave.

According to the UK’s new roadmap for lifting lockdown, international travel should resume by mid-May, and a record number of applicants have put their name forward to enter the villa this summer.

Production teams have reportedly already signed up multiple contestants, as well as carrying out extensive social media and medical checks on their new stars.

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Paige Turley and Finley Tapp were crowned the winners of the first-ever winter Love Island in early 2020. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

Paige Turley and Finley Tapp were crowned the winners of the first-ever winter Love Island in early 2020. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

Paige Turley and Finley Tapp were crowned the winners of the first-ever winter Love Island in early 2020. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

It has also been reported that all contestants will be flown out around the same time - including any 'bombshell arrivals' - and they will undergo Covid tests and be quarantined before the series starts to ensure safety of the cast and crew.

While ITV bosses prepare for the upcoming summer of love in the villa, MailOnline’s insider revealed that the winter edition of the hit show has been “indefinitely postponed” in order to focus on the summer version.

Paige Turley (23) and Finley Tapp (21) were crowned the winners of the first-ever winter Love Island in early 2020, which was filmed in South Africa.

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