Production of reality TV show The Masked Singer Australia has been suspended in Melbourne after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the cast and crew into isolation.
- The entire production team of the show is now in self-isolation
- Most news and media outlets are deemed essential services under current Victorian restrictions
- The show says the health of cast and crew members is being monitored closely
The Channel 10 TV show, which pits masked celebrities against each other in a singing competition, films in Melbourne.
“Production of The Masked Singer has been immediately suspended as a result of a crew member receiving a positive test result for COVID-19,” a statement from the show’s Twitter account said.
“The entire production team, including the masked singers, the host and panellists are now in self-isolation. They are all being monitored closely and are in constant contact with medical authorities.”
Under Victoria’s stage 4 restrictions, most news and media outlets are deemed essential services, allowing production to continue if coronavirus restrictions remain in place.
The Masked Singer has gone without a studio audience for its second season.
The show said the network was working closely with Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services to manage the infection.
“Network 10 is providing all crew with all the support and assistance possible,” the statement said.
Anyone deemed to be a close contact of the infected case will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
The show is hosted by Osher Gunsberg and judges include high-profile names like Dannii Minogue and comedian Dave Hughes.
A number of famous faces have sung behind the masks, including last year’s winner, Cody Simpson.
Pre-recorded replay episodes aired as scheduled on Saturday night, but it is unclear how the shutdown will affect the rest of the season.
Victoria recorded a further 182 coronavirus infections on Saturday, and 13 more deaths.