The Block host Scott Cam visits the site after production was suspended on the FIRST day of filming

FIRST LOOK: The Block’s brand new country Victoria worksite as host Scott Cam looks downcast after production is suspended due to a contestant testing positive for Covid

Scott Cam visited The Block site in country Victoria on Wednesday, a day after production was suspended due to a contestant testing positive for Covid-19. 

Dressed casually in a blue shirt rolled to the elbows, jeans, a puffer jacket and well-worn brown boots, the 59-year-old host of the Channel Nine show looked downcast. 

The first day of filming ground to a halt on Tuesday – another blow for the renovation series which has already suffered setbacks this year due to delays in building permits being approved. 

Tools down! The Block host Scott Cam, 59, looked downcast as he visited the site in country Victoria on Wednesday (pictured), a day after production was suspended due to a contestant testing positive for Covid-19

Scott was deep in conversation with members of the production crew as he visited the site, which is located in Gisborne, about an hour from Melbourne.

While the contestants were absent, tradesmen were seen mounting steel structures around the homes.  

The teams learned that production was suspended on Tuesday morning as they arrived to start renovating their homes, reported The Blockinator Blog

Casual: The veteran host dressed casually in a blue shirt rolled to the elbows, distressed blue jeans, a blue Ralph Lauren puffer jacket and well-worn brown boots

Casual: The veteran host dressed casually in a blue shirt rolled to the elbows, distressed blue jeans, a blue Ralph Lauren puffer jacket and well-worn brown boots 

A lot to discuss? Scott appeared deep in conversation with members of the production crew during his time on the site

A lot to discuss? Scott appeared deep in conversation with members of the production crew during his time on the site 

It’s another setback for Nine’s long-running home renovation series, with there having been delays in getting building permits approved. 

The Block’s filming schedule is expected to be held back by just a week because of the Covid case. 

A Channel Nine spokesperson said: ‘Like many TV shows, The Block has successfully navigated its way through the challenges of the pandemic for more than two years, in line with state and federal government health guidelines.

‘The Block’s biggest season yet will air on Nine later this year, as scheduled.’  

Construction: While the contestants were absent, tradesmen were seen mounting steel structures around the homes

Construction: While the contestants were absent, tradesmen were seen mounting steel structures around the homes 

Announcement: The teams learned that production was suspended on Tuesday morning as they arrived to start renovating their homes, reported The Blockinator Blog

Announcement: The teams learned that production was suspended on Tuesday morning as they arrived to start renovating their homes, reported The Blockinator Blog 

This is not the first time the pandemic has interrupted production on The Block.

In 2020, producers shut down the show for six weeks during the first round of Covid lockdowns. 

This year, for the first time in The Block’s history, the teams will be making a ‘treechange’ – meaning they will be building in bushland rather than the city. 

The location for the 2022 season is Gisborne in the Macedon Ranges, about an hour from Melbourne. 

Challenges: It's another setback for Nine's long-running home renovation series, with there having been delays in getting building permits approved

Challenges: It’s another setback for Nine’s long-running home renovation series, with there having been delays in getting building permits approved 

Still on track: The Block's filming schedule is expected to be held back by just a week because of the Covid case

Still on track: The Block’s filming schedule is expected to be held back by just a week because of the Covid case

Change: While he normally oversees the projects, Scott will also renovate one of the properties himself

Change: While he normally oversees the projects, Scott will also renovate one of the properties himself

While he normally oversees the projects, host Scott will also renovate one of the properties himself.  

Last year’s season was rocked by a major cheating scandal involving contestant Tanya Guccione.

She surreptitiously took a photo of the show’s production schedule and sent it to another team, giving them both an unfair advantage over their rivals.

A month after the auction in November, Tanya returned to reality TV with a cameo on The Real Housewives of Melbourne.

Drama: Last year's season was rocked by a major cheating scandal involving contestant Tanya Guccione. She took a photo of the show's production schedule and sent it to another team, giving them both an unfair advantage over their rivals. Pictured with husband Vito

Drama: Last year’s season was rocked by a major cheating scandal involving contestant Tanya Guccione. She took a photo of the show’s production schedule and sent it to another team, giving them both an unfair advantage over their rivals. Pictured with husband Vito

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