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Strictly Come Dancing stars have been socially distancing from each other on the show in a bid to avoid a coronavirus outbreak. Away from the programme, the dancers have seemingly been seen standing close together in what was reported as a drinking session at the West London TV studios.
In pictures obtained by The Sun, Johannes Radebe and Kai Widdrington were seen standing beside each other.
At one point, the former leaned towards Kai to view something on his phone.
The publication claimed that Neil was also amongst the pros, however he isn’t seen in the snaps.
Celebrity participants including AJ Odudu and John Whaite also attended the alleged gathering.
A source told the publication: “The rules are more relaxed this year but it hasn’t taken long for things to spiral out of control.
“This time around producers had just asked people to be sensible and do their best to reduce the risk of contracting Covid.
“But clearly this lot weren’t too bothered and just wanted a good time.”
The source added the attendees were “happily laughing, joking and cuddling up” as well as mingling with others.
A representative from the show has denied the group had attended a boozy gathering and were leaving the studios and heading to their waiting cars.
Strictly’s Tom Fletcher lays on the floor after completing training
While the show’s cast are adhering to social distancing rules in the studio, it is not a legal requirement to keep a certain distance from each other in most public places.
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Strictly for comment.
The first live show of the series kicked off last weekend, where all 15 dancing duos performed for the first time.
On Monday, it was revealed that Amy Dowden and Tom Fletcher had tested positive for coronavirus.
The dancing duo are currently following Government guidelines and self-isolating for 10 days.
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If all is OK after the required period, the couple will be allowed to return to the show.
A statement from BBC said: “Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden have tested positive for Covid-19.
“The pair are now self-isolating separately following the latest government guidelines.
“While they will both miss Saturday’s live show, Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week.”
Executive producer Sarah James previously revealed that social distancing measures will stay in place for this series.
She said: “We will keep everybody distanced from each other so you won’t see them all up in Claudia’s area.
“They will be sitting in the audience like last year on their little tables which I think worked really nicely.
“Obviously keeping everybody safe and keeping the show going is our priority.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday at 7pm.
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