Below Deck Mediterranean Star Captain Sandy Yawn Asks “Are You Going To Live Your Life In Fear?” Over Coronavirus Pandemic

When it comes to the coronavirus, few Bravolebrities have been as outspoken as Captain Sandy Yawn. In fact, over the past few weeks, the Below Deck Mediterranean star has found herself in hot water over her controversial opinions regarding the public health crisis.

In a new interview, Captain Sandy is speaking out once again about her thoughts on the pandemic and how the new virus will affect production on the show that made her famous.

“So going to the grocery store isn’t safe. Are you going to live your life in fear or are you going to live your life and take precautions?” she said in a virtual sit-down with TMZ. “I choose to live my life and take precautions. If I live the rest of my life in fear then I have no quality of life.”

Sandy also had a message to anyone afraid to hop on a cruise ship for their next vacation: “Be smart, use your brain and do some deductive reasoning and take some precautions, but live.” Now, caution makes sense considering the coronavirus outbreaks on multiple cruise ships earlier this winter, but it sure sounds like the Below Deck Med captain won’t be sheltering in place at home any time soon.


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She also expressed eagerness to get back to work filming the reality show this fall, even though Bravo has suspended production on all shows across the network. “Listen, the only thing people are doing is watching TV and listening to podcasts so we’ve got to film!” she said. “We take temperatures, we sign releases, we get tested and we stay in quarantine until we go film. That’s what I would do if I was in charge!’

Last month, Sandy and her girlfriend faced major backlash online after posting videos of themselves shopping in a grocery store without wearing masks. Instead, she joked that Instagram’s puppy dog filter would provide her with protection against the virus while out in public. (She later attempted to backtrack after being dragged on Twitter, and issued a video apology for her comments.)


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Thankfully, Below Deck Med wrapped filming on its fifth season before the pandemic effectively shut down production. Filmed last fall in Mallorca, Spain, Season 5 is set to premiere some time this summer, though Bravo has yet to announce a specific premiere date.


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