Production of Love Island has been halted by the coronavirus outbreak but ITV may broadcast the new season of the hugely-popular show later in the summer from a secret location in the UK, according to reports. 

Variety magazine reports that the show, which is among the most-watched in the UK, could be set for an August to September broadcast on ITV2 and Virgin Media in Ireland.

Usually shot in a villa on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, restrictions in place due to the pandemic mean that the show could now be filmed in a location in Britain, according to Variety. 

The magazine also reports that a similar scenario is being considered for I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! which is usually filmed in Australia.

Speaking about the possibility of Love Island’s late summer return, a senior entertainment executive told Variety that the fate of this year’s series could ultimately be "in the hands of insurance companies."

"At what point can you ask people who have never met to couple up and get into bed together without having a vaccine or proof you have immunity (from coronavirus)?" the executive warns.

"There are going to be myriad, complex conversations going on. It’s all down to whether you get insurance. Can you insure the show, and will insurance firms say, 'We need to see that everyone is vaccinated or immunised beforehand.'"