Construction continues on Big Brother VIP’s new home – despite Sydney’s building ban

Construction work on the new Big Brother house in Sydney’s Olympic Park has continued despite all construction being halted amid the city’s Covid-19 lockdown.

Photos taken on Tuesday show a small team of workers preparing the self-contained complex for the arrival of some famous housemates in the coming months.

Daily Mail Australia understands that Big Brother VIP producers have been granted an exemption to continue building despite the lockdown.

However, the photos will be a slap in the face to Sydney’s traditions after NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian ordered all construction to be paused from Monday to July 30 to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Special privileges? Construction work on the new Big Brother house in Sydney’s Olympic Park has continued despite all construction being halted during the city’s Covid lockdown

Images obtained by Daily Mail Australia showed workers carrying sheets of wood and working on the roof of the house at the new Homebush site.

While the majority wore face masks, others had them halfway up their faces while speaking to colleagues – despite lockdown rules stating they must be worn when working outside the home.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Channel Seven and production company Endemol Shine for further comment.

Obviously, filming was originally scheduled to begin next month; however, due to the recent outbreak of the Delta variant, a September date has been set.

Before the new rules that came into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Seven confirmed that construction was underway in a Covid-safe manner.

Rules: While the majority wore face masks, others had them halfway up their faces while speaking to colleagues – despite rules stating they must be worn when working outside the home

Rules: While the majority wore face masks, others had them halfway up their faces while speaking to colleagues – despite rules stating they must be worn when working outside the home

Work: Pictures from Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday show a small team of workers converting an area in Sydney's Olympic Park into a self-contained complex, ready for the housemate's arrival later this year

Work: Pictures from Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday show a small team of workers converting an area in Sydney’s Olympic Park into a self-contained complex, ready for the housemate’s arrival later this year

The new Big Brother house has been approved by the council and will give VIP residents a different feel than the previous two seasons on Seven.

The Manly complex that housed contestants in the 2020 and 2021 seasons was demolished in January, shortly after filming wrapped up late last year.

Seven rented the huge warehouse early last year to film new episodes instead of buying or renting a luxury home.

Producers were forced to look for a new location after receiving an eviction notice from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

The eviction notice was issued due to concerns about the local wildlife.

It is not the first time that the new series Big Brother VIP has raised eyebrows this year.

Change: The new Big Brother house has been approved by the municipality and will offer its VIP residents a different feel than the previous two seasons on Seven

Change: The new Big Brother house has been approved by the municipality and will offer its VIP residents a different feel than the previous two seasons on Seven

Work: The images showed workers carrying sheets of wood and working on the roof of the building at the new Homebush site

Work: The images showed workers carrying sheets of wood and working on the roof of the building at the new Homebush site

Coming soon: It's clear that filming was originally scheduled to begin filming next month, but due to Sydney's latest pandemic, a September date has been set

Coming soon: It’s clear that filming was originally scheduled to begin filming next month, but due to Sydney’s latest pandemic, a September date has been set

New home: Producers were forced to look for a new location after receiving an eviction notice from the National Parks and Wildlife Service

New home: Producers were forced to look for a new location after receiving an eviction notice from the National Parks and Wildlife Service

More drama: Earlier this week, British columnist Katie Hopkins arrived Down Under to quarantine for 14 days ahead of the new season, which will be hosted by Sonia Kruger (pictured)

More drama: Earlier this week, British columnist Katie Hopkins arrived Down Under to quarantine for 14 days ahead of the new season, which will be hosted by Sonia Kruger (pictured)

Earlier this week, British columnist Katie Hopkins arrived Down Under to quarantine for 14 days ahead of the new season presented by Sonia Kruger.

But the Briton was sent back to the UK wrapped up just days after her arrival, after revealing her plans to deliberately break the door by opening her door completely naked and mask-free to workers delivering her food.

Her actions sparked national outrage, with many lashing out at her for flying to Australia while many citizens are still trapped abroad.

However, an Home Office spokeswoman told news.com.au that Ms Hopkins was not taking the place of Australians desperate to return to their homeland.

“These travel waivers were approved with support from the NSW government as they met the critical skills category for inbound travel,” she said.

“These travelers did not take the place of returning Australians, as their journey was above the hotel’s quarantine hoods.”

Disappeared: Katie Hopkins was sent back to the UK wrapped up just days after her arrival Down Under, after revealing her plans to deliberately break the door by opening her door completely naked and mask-free to workers delivering her food

Disappeared: Katie Hopkins was sent back to the UK wrapped up just days after her arrival Down Under, after revealing her plans to deliberately break the door by opening her door completely naked and mask-free to workers delivering her food

SYDNEY’S LOCKDOWN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW UNTIL JULY 30

Those living in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong must adhere to the following:

Masks are mandatory in all indoor outdoor environments, including offices and apartment buildings

Residents can travel only 10 km from their home

– Practice and gather outdoors in groups of two

– Only one member of each household per day is allowed to leave the house for essential errands

– No browsing in supermarkets and shops. Shop for essential items only

– Funerals are limited to 10, weddings are prohibited

– No carpooling with other households when exercising

There is no curfew but there is a stay-at-home order, with just four reasons to leave your home

Schools are closed with homeschooling, but no child will be turned away if they have to attend in person

The new rules are in addition to the stay-at-home rules already in effect until July 30, including only leaving the house to:

*shop for essential items (one person only)

*give care and compassionate reasons (one visitor only)

*exercise or for work or training that cannot be performed remotely

People in Fairfield, Liverpool or Canterbury in south-west Sydney are advised to stay at home unless:

*shop for essential items (one person only)

*give care and compassionate reasons (one visitor only)

*For work, unless it is an essential service, such as health workers. Companies must offer employees the opportunity to work from home.

* All essential workers who are allowed to leave their suburbs to work are subject to the same restrictions that were previously in place, namely receiving a negative Covid test every three days.

The rest of NSW (including regional areas) is subject to the following restrictions:

  • Dance and gym classes are limited to 20 people per class and masks must be worn
  • No more than five visitors (including children) in homes
  • Masks are mandatory in all non-residential indoor environments
  • The four-square-foot rule is back for indoor and outdoor environments and drinking while standing in indoor venues is not allowed
  • Dancing is not allowed in indoor hangouts or nightclubs, but dancing is allowed at weddings before the wedding party (no more than 20 people)

When will the lockdown end?

  • Stay at home orders are valid for Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 11:59pm on Friday 30th July 2021

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