The finale of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway at Walt Disney World in Florida has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
While it was confirmed tonight tomorrow’s taping of the variety programme will go ahead with a live studio audience, despite the rapid spread of the disease in the UK, ITV will no longer be broadcasting the finale from the US park after it closed its gates.
The show, hosted by Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly had started a tradition in which they host the final episode of the show’s series live from a unique spot overseas.
An ITV spokesman said in a statement to the Mirror on Friday night: ‘We will no longer be broadcasting the Saturday Night Takeaway finale from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Walt Disney World has made the decision to close, beginning on Monday 16 March until the end of the month.
‘The wellbeing of all our prize winners, as well as our production team, is always our number one priority. All recipients of a ‘Place on the Plane’ prize will have their prizes honoured and flown by Virgin Holidays for a 5-night stay at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida at such later date when it is practical for Virgin Holidays and Walt Disney World Resort to fulfil the prize.’
The ITV show had previously planned to fly 300 families along with the comedy duo and staff to the park in Florida for the finale on 4 April.
Earlier this week TV bosses confirmed to Metro.co.uk that they will ‘continue to monitor the evolving Covid-19 situation very carefully’ and at the moment it was going to go ahead as planned.
However now the park has closed – along with numerous other Disney sites – that doesn’t seem to be a likely option.
It comes after the network confirmed they would be filming Saturday night’s episode with a live studio audience despite the outbreak, with hundreds in the UK diagnosed so far.
What does self-isolation mean?
Self-isolation means staying indoors and avoiding all contact with other people for 14 days, according to the NHS.
It means no going to work, school, the shops or even to the park for some fresh air, in order to minimise the risk of passing on Covid-19.
Public transport and taxis are a no-no and you shouldn’t have visitors over, even if you just stay at home.
Anyone in self-isolation is advised to ask friends, family and delivery drivers to pick things up for you and drop them-off. You should put a sign outside telling people you are self-isolating and everything should be left on the floor outside your front door to avoid the risk of further infections.
Those who are self-isolating are still advised to stay away from their pets as much as possible and to wash their hands before and after touching them.
If you live in a house share and have to self-isolate, the advice is to stay in your room with the door closed and only emerge to use communal kitchens, bathrooms and living areas if absolutely necessary.
Who should self-isolate?
The government advises anyone returning from Category 1 areas (Hubei, Iran, Italy and Daegu or Cheongdo in South Korea), to go straight home and self-isolate, even if they don’t display any symptoms.
Travellers should use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
Anyone returning from Category 2 areas should self-isolate and call 111 if they have Covid-19 symptoms. You can find the list of those places here.
ITV bosses confirmed the news in a statement tonight, insisting their aim is to keep everyone ‘safe and secure’.
A spokesperson told Variety: ‘Our priority is the well-being and safety of all our people and everyone who works with us on our shows and across our business.
‘We are in a developing and dynamic situation so we’re complying with the guidance from Public Health England and the World Health Organization to make sure we keep everyone as safe and secure as possible.’
The statement added: ‘All of our audience-handling agencies are sharing the updated advice from the NHS site with audiences prior to attending our shows and we continue to work with them to update advice as and when it changes.’
Metro.co.uk contacted ITV for further comment.
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