STRICTLY’S pro dance stars face a six-week lockdown before the show even starts.
They will be cut off from family and friends until early September.
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Stars including last year’s champion Oti Mabuse will then have to form bubbles with their celeb partners.
The measures have been signed off by BBC bosses to protect the flagship programme from Covid-19.
A show insider said: “These are unprecedented times.
“The crew and dancers are still reeling at being told how extreme the measures have to be. They’ve left one lockdown for another.
“They’ve got girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, husbands, children and pets — it’s not going to be easy being separated for that length of time.
"Nevertheless, they love the show and are determined to bring it back to our screens.”
Dancers and crew will be at a central London hotel for four weeks from next month to rehearse group dances.
They will be bussed to and from the studios in Elstree, Herts, to record routines.
The group will then have to isolate at home for another two weeks before meeting up with their celebrities.
The source added: “The lockdown only affects people that need to be within two metres of each other.
“They’ll be constantly tested — that goes without saying.”
Strictly is already a month behind schedule and is set to air from October 24.
The show has also been cut from 13 weeks to nine.
"It remains unclear whether a live audience will be allowed.
A BBC spokesman said: “Getting production up and running safely is our priority.”
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