Scheana Shay Must Stay 100 Yards from Raquel Leviss — Here's How the 'VPR' Reunion Filming Could Work

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Both Vanderpump Rules stars have confirmed they'll be at the reunion taping Thursday — despite previous guidance they wouldn't legally be allowed to speak to each other directly or through a mediator

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There will be no contact between Scheana Shay and Raquel Leviss at the Vanderpump Rules reunion taping on Thursday.

Though both women will attend to discuss season 10's late-breaking Scandoval, Shay has every intention to follow the law related to Leviss's restraining order. PEOPLE has learned that the show's production is planning to film segments with Leviss, 28, and Shay, 37, separately so as to not violate the conditions of Leviss's restraining order against her costar.

Additionally, a source tells PEOPLE host Andy Cohen will conduct individual sit-down interviews with Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix, whose nine-year relationship ended when it was revealed Sandoval had been carrying on a months-long affair with Leviss.

Related:Raquel Leviss and Scheana Shay Confirmed to Face Off in Person on Vanderpump Rules Reunion

Shay's attorney Neama Rahmani issued a statement to PEOPLE on Thursday: "Scheana will be present at today's filming in person. Scheana intends to follow the law, but she wants to be part of the reunion."

Referring to Leviss by her birth name, the statement continued: "If Rachel attends, Scheana and Vanderpump Rules will make sure that Scheana remains 100 yards away to comply with the restraining order."

Image Press Agency/NurPhoto/Shutterstock; Amy Sussman/Getty; Gabe Ginsberg/Getty From left: Ariana Madix, Raquel Leviss and Tom Sandoval
Image Press Agency/NurPhoto/Shutterstock; Amy Sussman/Getty; Gabe Ginsberg/Getty From left: Ariana Madix, Raquel Leviss and Tom Sandoval

"There's no real way for the temporary restraining order to be dropped," the statement noted, "so it will remain in effect until the permanent hearing on March 29."

After the temporary restraining order expires, it's up to Leviss to "pursue it," confirmed Rahmani. "If Rachel does pursue it, Scheana intends to call witnesses and present evidence to disprove her false accusations."

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Hours after Shay's statement was issued, Bravo also shared two separate VPR reunion filming charts on social media, with Shay noticeably missing during the portion of the day while Leviss is present (and vice versa).

Related:Scheana Shay Is 'Fully Intending' to Be at Vanderpump Rules Reunion Despite Raquel's Restraining Order

Thursday's statement signaled a change of plan from previous guidance from Rahmani that Shay and Leviss would not be able to "both be physically present at the reunion."

At the time, Rahmani said in a statement: "Rachel not only betrayed her friends, but she has sabotaged this reunion because it just can't happen in any meaningful way while this order is in place."

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Leviss took out a restraining order against Shay after an alleged physical altercation on March 2. Leviss claimed she was injured when Shay punched her, though Shay has denied the altercation.

With the restraining order, Leviss and Shay will not be legally allowed to speak to each other, either directly or through a mediator. The same would have applied if one of the women appeared virtually.

Related:Scheana Shay Denies Punching VPR Costar Raquel Leviss, Calls Attack 'a Fabrication'

In the weeks since the news of the affair broke, both Leviss and Sandoval have issued public apologies. But it was Madix, 37, whose first statement amid the scandal gave some indication of how she'll be approaching her sit-down with Cohen and her costars.

"i know that i am not in this alone. so many of my closest friends are also grieving this loss right now and reeling from this betrayal on so many levels," Madix wrote March 16 on Instagram. "i am so f---ing lucky to have the best support system in the world and i hope i can repay every single person for the love you have shown me."

For those who haven't been in her corner, she added, "what doesn't kill me better run. love, ariana"

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