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Strictly's Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden return to training after Covid isolation

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Strictly Come Dancing’s Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden have returned to training for Movie Week after recovering from Covid.

The pair were seen heading into the studio to begin practising their Back To The Future-themed jive for this weekend’s live show, after being forced to miss a week so they could isolate after contracting the virus.

Tom and Amy’s absence from the show came as the show came under increased scrutiny after it was revealed that three of the show’s professional dancers had refused the Covid vaccine.

They're back! Strictly Come Dancing's Tom Fletcher returned to training on Wednesday

Back to work: He was joined by his professional partner Amy Dowden

They’re back! Strictly Come Dancing’s Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden have returned to training for Movie Week after recovering from Covid

Tom cut a casual figure in a light-washed denim jacket and skinny black jeans as he donned a medical face mask to head into training.

The star was joined by Amy, who was sported oversized jeans and a pale green jumper with an oversized leather collar as she headed to training.

Tom and Amy will perform an energetic jive to Chuck Berry’s Johnny B Goode from Back To The Future, in the hope that they can win enough votes to advance to Week Four.

Low-key: The McFly star cut a casual figure in a light-washed denim jacket and skinny black jeans as he donned a medical face mask to head into training

Low-key: The McFly star cut a casual figure in a light-washed denim jacket and skinny black jeans as he donned a medical face mask to head into training

Gutted: Tom was forced to isolate after learning he'd tested positive for Covid, with him and Amy both forced to miss a week of the live shows

Gutted: Tom was forced to isolate after learning he’d tested positive for Covid, with him and Amy both forced to miss a week of the live shows

Tom and Amy were both forced to miss last week’s Strictly’s after announcing they’d tested positive for coronavirus.

Despite social distancing no longer being a legal requirement, Strictly have enforced their own measurements for cast and crew amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Strictly bosses were reportedly considering ‘scrapping the show’s live audience and re-introducing quarantine bubbles for celebrities and their professional dancers,’ in the wake of Tom and Amy’s positive tests.

Spanner in the works: MailOnline understands producers were 'dismayed' at the news of the pair's diagnosis, which forced them to miss a show

Spanner in the works: MailOnline understands producers were ‘dismayed’ at the news of the pair’s diagnosis, which forced them to miss a show

A crisis meeting is said to have been held after Tom and his partner Amy tested positive for Covid despite having been double-jabbed.  

A source has revealed ‘there is nothing they aren’t willing to consider’ in order to keep the show rolling full steam ahead. 

They told The Sun: ‘These would be radical steps to take to increase safety on the set, but given the difficulties producers have had over the past two weeks, there’s nothing they aren’t willing to consider.

‘But if they did have to go down this route, it would be a logistical nightmare and might leave some of the stars with a dilemma as many of them are juggling their dance training with their day jobs.’

Strictly bosses previously admitted they ‘aren’t bulletproof’ to COVID-19 in the wake of Tom and Amy’s positive tests. 

It’s understood that show producers were quietly ‘dismayed’ after hearing of their shock diagnosis on Sunday, with the pair now ruled out of Saturday’s show while they recover from the contagious respiratory bug. 

Pandemic: Strictly bosses were reportedly considering 'scrapping the show's live audience and re-introducing quarantine bubbles for celebrities and their professional dancers'

Pandemic: Strictly bosses were reportedly considering ‘scrapping the show’s live audience and re-introducing quarantine bubbles for celebrities and their professional dancers’

Amy, who received her COVID-19 vaccination prior to contracting the illness, had previously accompanied Tom and his McFly bandmates during their current UK tour. 

But the BBC told MailOnline there are no plans to increase testing because they are ‘satisfied’ the measures they currently have in place are as good as they can be. 

‘Tom and Amy’s positive test was the worst possible news,’ an insider told MailOnline. 

‘After days of negative headlines about dancers not getting the jab, producers had hoped the start of the show would see them turn a corner and put this story to bed. 

‘So for Amy and Tom to go down with COVID was absolutely crushing news and left everyone dismayed.

‘But BBC bosses are refusing to panic. They believe the measures in place are as good as they can be. They’ve always been clear that nothing is going to be bulletproof and producers can only follow Government guidelines. 

‘They are now just hoping nobody else comes down with the virus because that would really put the show in danger of being cancelled.’

The new series of Strictly has already been embroiled in controversy over reports that three of the professional dancers are unvaccinated, although there is no suggestion that either Tom or Amy were among this number.

Decisions: The new series of Strictly has already been embroiled in controversy over reports that three of the professional dancers are unvaccinated

Decisions: The new series of Strictly has already been embroiled in controversy over reports that three of the professional dancers are unvaccinated

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