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According to 7 News, Channel Seven has chosen to tell the contestants about the coronavirus crisis.
In a statement to7NEWS.com.au, a spokesperson for Big Brother said:
“Endemol Shine Australia takes the health and safety of our crew and contestants extremely seriously.”
“We are working in line with current guidelines and production on Big Brother is continuing.”
“Housemates have been brought across the current situation and we are in constant contact with the families to keep all involved up to date.”
Earlier reports suggested they would be kept in the dark.
Winner Trevor Butler, Bree Amer and Big Brother host Gretel Killeen at the series four final eviction at Dreamworld in the Gold Coast on July 26, 2004
Big Brother contestants – this season’s stars began filming in Sydney’s Manly three weeks ago – are famously not told about news events whilst they are locked up inside the house, but producers have made an exception.
Coronavirus was confirmed as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. The first case in Australia was reported in January.
Housemates are in total isolation during their time on the show but have access to a well-stocked supply of food and basic essentials.
Australia has more than 300 confirmed coronavirus cases, including five deaths, as of Monday afternoon.
Sonia Kruger has been confirmed as host.
Big Brother Australia will no longer follow a live TV format, with the show being pre-recorded for the first time in its history
It is expected to air this July ahead of the Olympics.