Dancing On Ice legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are ditching a busy social life to prevent the popular ITV show from being axed.
The duo will be back for the new series, starting next week, so are implementing as many measures as possible to avoid contracting coronavirus.
There are fears an outbreak on set will force it to be scrapped altogether.
They have performed hand-in-hand for more than 40 years.
But Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill are getting used to the “surreal” fact they will not be able to dance – or even touch – when they reunite for the live Dancing on Ice shows on Sunday.
Covid rules mean the 1984 Winter Olympics gold medallists must wear masks or talk with a plastic screen between them, the Daily Star reports.
Christopher, 63, said: “We will be limiting our social contact. There is no going out to restaurants. We’ll be staying at home and cooking at home.
“The rules on the show this year will be tight. We will have all the same protocols we had last year and potentially even more.
“And everybody will be adhering to the guidelines very strictly because it’s important.
“Nobody wants to jeopardise the show, so everybody will do their best to stay healthy and safe.”
Last year’s series was thrown into chaos when two celebrity contestants were forced to quit due to coronavirus.
And after three others had to go due to injury, bosses were forced to axe one of the live shows in a shock move.
Jayne, 64, said: “It was frightening. The producers had to find a way of making it work. We were forced to miss a week so we could regroup. It was the only way to keep it going.”
Christopher added: “Last year it was new for everybody — how we dealt with it, the protocols, everybody’s concerns.
“Nobody really knew what was going to happen if someone got coronavirus. But now it’s established what we need to do and we have more information, so we are hopeful.”
The new series is set to bring viewers some much-needed light relief as the nation continues to endure the pandemic.
Producers are going all out to make it sparkle more than ever.
Christopher said: “People are looking for entertainment. With this show, you never know what is going to happen. There’s dancing and sequins but there’s also that sense of jeopardy which adds excitement.”
Dancing on Ice kicks off on ITV next Sunday, January 16.
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