Isabel Lucas 'opts out' of COVID test during Byron Bay filming

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Former Home and Away star Isabel Lucas has revealed she 'opted out' of receiving a COVID-19 test while in Byron Bay filming the movie Bosch & Rockit.

The actress reportedly spoke out on an alternative health podcast, claiming that everyone “was really respectful” about her decision last month.

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Isabel Lucas had been filming the movie Bosch & Rockit in Byron Bay. Photo: Getty

“I gave my duty of care of what I could offer to respect everyone's health and maintain my own health, and I shared that, and I opted out of doing the COVID test,’’ the 35-year-old anti-vaxxer said, according to the Brisbane Times.

“Everyone was really respectful and really honouring of, like, how to maintain health while this very tricky time is underway. But I needed to do that. I felt like it was quite an understanding, relaxed group of people.”

Isabel also said her immune system was “solid” because of her “way of life”, adding that most people on set were wearing face masks.

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However, according to the publication, producers were not aware of Isabel’s decision not to get tested, stating that coronavirus testing was a mandatory requirement.

“Every cast and crew member was required to sign an acknowledgement that they would adhere to the COVID-Safe guidelines adopted by the production, which included an acknowledgement that they had been COVID-tested prior to principal photography,' producers Tyler Atkins and Cathy Flannery, of Black Pearl Productions, said in a statement.

“Isabel's recent statement that she was not tested is inconsistent with the producers' understanding that she had complied with the COVID-Safe guidelines adopted by the production.”

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Covid testing was mandatory for filming, the production company revealed. Photo: Getty

It’s not the first time Isabel has found herself in hot water amid the ongoing global pandemic. Back in April she was dropped as ambassador for the charity Plan International Australia, after posting controversial comments about coronavirus vaccines online.

Isabel was called out after saying she “didn't trust the path of vaccination” - the comment coming in response to an Instagram post by controversial TV chef Pete Evans.

As a result the organisation confirmed the ambassadorship was ended saying in a statement: “We are aware of the issues and as of today, Ms Lucas and Plan International have come to a mutual agreement to end the ambassadorship.”

NSW confirmed 11 new cases on Wednesday prompting Premier Gladys Berejiklian to warn the state was “on the verge” of a substantial outbreak.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard also issued a disturbing warning for those testing postive to the virus.

“People are not necessarily telling us the whole truth,” he said.

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