Thanks to COVID-19, the new season of Married At First Sight is going to look a lil different

Thanks to COVID-19, the new season of Married At First Sight is going to look a lil different
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If you thought a global pandemic would shut Married At First Sight down, you obviously haven’t met the show’s very resourceful executive producer, Tara McWilliams.

After casting the new season over Zoom during the country’s first lockdown last year, Tara and her team then managed to safely get the cameras rolling in September while navigating through border closures and constant uncertainty.

Although the format of the show will remain the same, big changes were introduced both on camera and behind-the-scenes throughout production. Here’s how they did it…

 

NO ‘BAN’ ON VICTORIANS

Despite early reports claiming producers had ‘banned Victorians from the new season’ after the state was hit the hardest by the pandemic last year, there was no truth to this.

In fact, 9/20 cast members are from Victoria.

They just had to endure a lil hotel quarantine upon their arrival into Sydney in September, where all of the wedding ceremonies were held.

 

LONELY WEDDINGS

If you’re hoping for big lavish wedding ceremonies full of disapproving family members, it looks like you’re going to be a bit disappointed.

As some fans have already spotted in the adverts, the weddings were scaled back to the point of only having a handful of guests attending.

We’re talking literally two or three people.

This season the weddings were scaled back, with just two or three guests
This season the weddings were scaled back, and only had few guests
LOCAL HONEYMOONS

As expected, this season there were no overseas honeymoons for obvious reasons. Instead, all of the couples stayed local and remained in New South Wales and as close to Sydney as possible.

Anyone for a weekend break to Bondi?

There were no big honeymoons and everyone stayed local to Sydney in NSW (Pictured: Bride Coco)
There were no big honeymoons and everyone stayed local to Sydney in NSW (Pictured: Bride Coco)
COVID TESTING

Throughout production, the cast and crew underwent repeated COVID-19 testing.

Over the weekend, we snapped Booka Nila being tested in Sydney after flying back into NSW from Perth to film the show’s reunion this week.

We’re not joking when we say producers sent a chauffeur driven car to take her to the covid drive-through. Talk about knowing you’ve made it.

The cast and crew also had regular COVID-19 tests
The cast and crew had regular covid tests
As seen here with bride Booka Nile
As seen here with bride Booka Nile
You okay, hun?
You okay, hun?
Safety first guys
Safety first guys
MASKS, MASKS AND MASKS

Just like basically every other workplace in the world right now, the crew were required to wear masks on set throughout production.

The same went for the cast while travelling around.

As expected, lots of masks were wore
As expected, lots of masks were worn (Pictured: Groom Jake)
The crew also wore masks on set
The crew also wore masks on set (Pictured: Groom Cameron and a producer)
SAFETY FIRST

A spokesperson for the show tells The Wash: ‘Endemol Shine Australia takes the health and safety of our cast, crew and the community extremely seriously and we will work in line with current government guidelines to ensure their safety and wellbeing’.

Here's expert Mel Schilling in a mask just to end the article
Here’s relationship expert Mel Schilling in a mask just to end the article
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