THE Chase fans were left completely baffled regarding why contestants weren’t sticking to social distancing rules on Monday.
Those tuning into the popular ITV game program were scratching their heads regarding why the 4 contestants – pitting their wits against Chaser Shaun Wallace – weren’t standing one metre plus apart.
Prior to the existing UK-wide lockdown, and on necessary journeys currently, Britons are legally required to wear a face covering and preserve at least a one metre range from others.
In yesterday’s The Chase episode, Lee, Ian, Paula and Louisa were all standing shoulder to shoulder behind the desk as they completed for the cash prize.
Host Bradley Walsh didn’t inform them off – which triggered much more confusion.
One viewer required to Twitter to compose: “Social distancing hope the Met do not catch em.”
Another directly quizzed ITV as they put: “When was this episode recorded? as the question about 2020 was stated in the past tense, and there are no screens separating the entrants or social distancing!”
Yet lots of audiences sussed out the scenario and understood the prime-time television episode was in fact a repeat – filmed when social distancing and coronavirus-imposed lockdowns were a mere invention of imagination
One audience then clarified: “Just tuned in, and it’s rather odd now to see the original table, shaking of hands and no perspex glasses in between the candidates. Only simply got used to the socially distanced set Rolling on the floor chuckling #thechase.”
Another alerted: “Before the Covid sheep kick off about Social distancing … these are Repeats. #TheChase.”
One viewer then shared: “I have actually got so utilized to social distancing that this just looks correct weird now #TheChase.”
A Chase fan then joked: “Cue the twits asking why they aren’t social distancing!!!!”.
Last year, Online specifically revealed how The Chase was struck with Ofcom grievances as host Bradley failed to abide by the social distancing rules.
Quizmaster Bradley, 60, shook hands with the players on the episode, aired in October 2020 – which also saw the celebrity participants hugging.
Unique celebrity editions of The Chase were recorded throughout 3 days in September at Tv Centre in London.
The series has been amended to permit contestants to appear more apart – and ITV stated “Close Contact Cohort” guidelines in place on TELEVISION shows implied participants might touch.
But many viewers were disturbed, with one tweeting: “I actually thought this was an old episode thinking about all the handshakes and hugs, until Covid was mentioned in one of the charities.”.
Another audience said they were “definitely disgusted”, informing Bradley: “You must repent of yourself, shaking hands and hugging superstars.
Ofcom validated to Online that 23 problems had actually been received after the 17 October episode due to “alleged absence of social distancing”.
An ITV representative stated: “Series 11 of The Chase Celebrity Special was filmed using approved Close Contact Cohort protocols.
” As such, host Bradley Walsh and the celeb entrants were able to physically communicate for short periods.
” The security of our cast and crew is of the utmost value.”.
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Participants were tested for coronavirus between 48 and 72 hours ahead of recording and had to declare they and their household didn’t have symptoms.
The unique show saw Anita Rani, Mark Pougatch and comic Dane Baptiste acquire an outstanding ₤ 120,000 for charity.
The Chase airs every weekday on ITV at 5pm.