A reality TV makeup artist who spread Covid-19 in North New South Wales is isolated in Sydney while more members of the I’m A Celebrity team … Get me out of here ! rush to get tested.
Kelly Bowman, 31, has been accused of failing to follow public health orders and using QR registration codes after traveling from Sydney to Byron Bay over the weekend to work on the show of reality show.
Ms Bowman had a permit to travel to the area for work, but was supposed to drive straight to her hotel in Kingscliff and only leave to watch the shoot, under stay-at-home orders statewide.
However, police said she reportedly visited seven cafes, pubs and clothing stores in the area before testing positive for the coronavirus on Monday.
Ms Bowman’s actions triggered a seven-day lockdown for the Byron Bay and Tweed LGAs after much of the regional NSW was only recently given the green light to reopen after the Delta outbreak.
Kelly Bowman (pictured) is said to have visited cafes, pubs and clothing stores on a trip to the Byron Bay area for work
Kelly Bowman (pictured) signed with art agency Reload. Owner did not know Ms Bowman was at the center of the scandal
Katie Shanahan-Chohilli, owner of talent agency Reload, said Ms Bowman was working on the TV show on September 18-19, but was unaware the makeup artist was at the center of the Covid-19 scandal.
“Kelly was up there,” she confirmed to Daily Mail Australia. “The crew is isolated. “
Ms Bowman – who was fully vaccinated and returned negative Covid tests before her flight – was granted travel exemption to work on the reality show, but was required to follow strict health guidelines.
She is a big name in the makeup and hair industry and has worked on Australia’s upcoming Top Model, The Voice, and numerous high fashion editorial shoots for Elle UK and Russh.
Ms Bowman started walking around the area just 60 minutes after jumping from Virgin flight 1141 at 8:45 a.m., but dinner at the Salt Bar and Bistro in Kingscliff – about 50 minutes north of Byron Bay – has authorities worried.
Anyone who was at the restaurant, which can seat around 280 guests at a time, between 6:40 p.m. and 8 p.m. on a Saturday night was classified as close contact and ordered by NSW Health to undergo testing and self-isolation for 14 days, regardless of the result.
Ms Bowman (pictured) has worked for a number of high profile clients in Australia and the UK
Ms Bowman, 31, lives in Rushcutters Bay in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and flew to Byron Bay for her job
Kelly Bowman went to the Salt Bar and Bistro (pictured) for nearly two hours on Saturday night
Ms Bowman should have been working on Love Island on Sunday, but met up with the I’m A Celebrity production team to celebrate the end of filming.
“Some production teams went from one set to another. They were also taking on additional crew from Sydney, ”a source told So Dramatic.
“They finished filming in Murwillambuh and were on their way to Byron Bay and met the Sydney woman who was unknowingly infected at the time.”
Ms Bowman spent an entire day there on Sunday, before returning a positive Covid-19 result on Monday in routine testing.
“This has now created huge delays for the production of Love Island and the show may have to be postponed or even canceled,” the publication reported.
Ms Bowman has been accused of failing to register at the sites using QR codes
Pictured: Dr Chris Brown on the NSW North Coast while filming I’m A Celebrity
Pictured: A map showing the seven locations the makeup artist visited over the weekend
The source said ITV’s production crews were “in panic” because all close contacts had to isolate themselves for two weeks, which ended filming schedules.
Daily Mail Australia attempted to contact Ms Bowman on several occasions for comment on Thursday, but she did not respond.
An ITV spokeswoman previously said there was no closing party in a statement to Daily Mail Australia.
About an hour after jumping off the plane at Ballina, Ms Bowman reportedly exposed everyone at the local vegan restaurant Combi to the virus between 9.45 a.m. and 10.15 a.m.
She then browsed the shelves at Assembly Label – a clothing store with a wide range of linens – for about 20 minutes at 10:40 a.m., before heading to Orgasmic Food Byron Bay about 90 minutes later for an inspirational lunch. Mediterranean.
The makeup artist traveled to Byron Bay and Kingscliff to work on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here. Pictured: Hosts Chris Brown and Julia Morris
Pictured: The I’m A Celebrity at Peppers Report crew at Kingscliff on Saturday morning
Ms Bowman stayed at the Peppers Salt Resort and Spa in Kingscliff during her stay. Pictured: Other crew members at the hotel on Saturday
The makeup artist left the falafel joint at 1 p.m. and began a 50-minute ride to her hotel in Kingscliff, but stopped for 15 minutes at the Casuarina Health and Lifestyle pharmacy.
She arrived at the Peppers Salt Resort and Spa in Kingscliff around 2:30 p.m. and waited at reception for about 20 minutes.
On Sunday morning, the makeup artist twice exposed customers at Kingscliff’s Saltbean to Covid – once between 7.40 a.m. and 8 a.m., and again between 10.15 a.m. and 10.45 a.m.
She then returned to the cafe on Monday morning between 7.40 am and 8 am.
Police allege that they did not use QR codes to verify the places they visited.
Ms Bowman has been to Saltbean Cafe (pictured) three times – twice on Sunday and once on Monday
She also went to Orgasmic Food Byron Bay on Saturday afternoon for a Mediterranean-inspired lunch.
On Wednesday, she was charged with five counts of failing to comply with the electronic registration directive and is due to appear in local court in Tweed Heads on November 8.
Hours later, she was charged with an additional offense – a person relying on a permit does not comply with the conditions of the permit.
ITV Studios told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday that the woman was working on a satellite shoot with a small crew of ten.
“As per NSW Health requirements, they will still complete the 14-day isolation and be retested on day 12,” a spokeswoman said.
The makeup artist underwent a rapid antigen test and PCR test before testing positive and was wearing PPE at work.