It’s understood housemates would usually only be informed about the outside world due to the death of a close relative or friend.
“They were shocked, as most people would be learning the news about a worldwide pandemic.”
“They were quite concerned about the football codes maybe not going ahead!”
Producers will now provide housemates with regular updates and extra hygiene precautions have been taken on set.
“We have a wellness manager who is in contact with their friends and family on a daily basis,” Sonia added.
“The last thing we want is for them to be concerned.”
In a statement to 7NEWS.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.
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 Organisation on March 11. The first case in Australia was reported in January.
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.