Dancing On Ice chiefs have reassured viewers that despite ongoing fears surrounding the coronavirus, the show has not changed its transmission schedule.

The news comes after sources allegedly revealed that the cast were fearing the worst, that the show would not go to air after the nation was plunged into its third national lockdown earlier this week.

However, those at the top of ITV have taken precautions to ensure that the show adheres to the latest government-issued guidance, following the discovery of a highly transmittable mutant strain of Covid-19.

Confirming that the cast will still have the opportunity to showcase their new-found talents on the ice, the official Dancing On Ice Twitter account said the show will air next week.

ITV bosses confirmed that Holly and Phil will be back on presenting duty next week
ITV bosses confirmed that Holly and Phil will be back on presenting duty next week

The tweet read: "Confirmed: Dancing on Ice returns Sunday 17 January at 6pm on ITV.

"Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby once again return to present the show and the expert Ice Panel of Torvill and Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo."

The start date had previously been unveiled before the latest wave of restrictions were implemented.

The DOI judges will be separated with a perspex screen
The DOI judges will be separated with a perspex screen

A source had previously told The Sun: "Everyone is worried, to be honest. They can't practise and the celebs are nowhere near the standard they usually are.

"There's people scrambling around backstage with no real idea how it's going to come together. It's a bit of a mess!"

However, a spokesperson for the network told The Mirror: "We have stringent protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of all our contributors and staff which are routinely monitored and updated to reflect the current guidelines."

Rebekah Vardy is hoping to take home the champion trophy
Rebekah Vardy is hoping to take home the champion trophy

This year, celebs including Rebekah Vardy, Joe Warren-Plant and Myleene Klass are all hoping to impress the judges and public and then walk away with the prestigious winner's trophy.

Recently, it came to light that ITV are providing stars with more mental health support following the death of former Love Island presenter, Caroline Flack.

Professional skater Matt Evers said: "Now more than ever we have a lot of support.

"We've always had a little bit of support, but through the tragedies that have happened, they have implemented a lot more mental support."