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Scott Cam of The Block says that COVID-19 has made this year’s season “the most challenging ever.”

Scott Cam of The Block says COVID-19 has made this year’s season ‘the most challenging ever’ as on-site producers enforce temperature controls and social distance

Block host Scott Cam has described Channel Nine’s renovation show season this year as the “ most challenging ever ” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He told A current affair on Monday that producers had cut back on the last project after several teams struggled last year with the gigantic task of renovating the hotel in Oslo.

“But of course COVID-19 appears and now it is probably the most challenging block we’ve ever done,” he said.

Troubled Season: The Block's Scott Cam Told A Current Affair COVID-19 Made This Year's Season 'The Most Challenging Ever'

Troubled Season: The Block’s Scott Cam Told A Current Affair COVID-19 Made This Year’s Season ‘The Most Challenging Ever’

Filming was halted weeks ago and participants were sent home as a precaution – some of them just came back in time before state borders closed.

Earlier this week, they returned to the workplace – in Brighton, Victoria – to continue with their renovations, but with strict social distance guidelines.

“We oversee the 1.5 meter rule, it is very important on The Block that we have enough space between each person,” said frontman Keith Schleiger as he extended a 1.5 meter pipe.

Precautions: Precautions the show has taken as a precaution, including limiting the number of people in rooms and corridors, regular temperature checks, and ensuring that the cast and crew have had the flu vaccine (shown: Scott gets a temperature check)

Precautions: Precautions the show has taken as a precaution, including limiting the number of people in rooms and corridors, regular temperature checks, and ensuring that the cast and crew have had the flu vaccine (shown: Scott gets a temperature check)

Precautions: Precautionary measures taken by the show, including limiting the number of people in rooms and hallways, regular temperature checks, and ensuring that the cast and crew have had the flu vaccine (shown: Scott gets a temperature check)

Safety first: strict guidelines for social distance on the site also apply. Frontman Keith Schleiger (right next to frontman Dan Reilly, center) said: 'We oversee the 1.5 meter rule, it is very important on The Block that we have enough space between each person.'

Safety first: strict guidelines for social distance on the site also apply. Frontman Keith Schleiger (right next to frontman Dan Reilly, center) said: 'We oversee the 1.5 meter rule, it is very important on The Block that we have enough space between each person.'

Safety first: strict guidelines for social distance on the site also apply. Frontman Keith Schleiger (right next to frontman Dan Reilly, center) said: ‘We oversee the 1.5 meter rule, it is very important on The Block that we have enough space between each person.’

Precautions the show has taken as a precaution, including setting limits on the number of people who can gather in rooms and corridors, disinfecting surfaces, regular temperature checks, and ensuring that cast and crew have received the flu vaccine.

They’ve also increased the availability of hand sanitizers and face masks made by the show’s staff on the set.

Scott added that there was no question that they wanted to finish construction while keeping everyone safe.

Getting Through: Scott added that there was no question that they wanted to finish the build while keeping everyone safe. “It’s going to be a great block because we’re going to endure setbacks and it’s going to be great,” he said

“It’s going to be a great block because we’re going to endure setbacks and it’s going to be great,” he said.

It’s unclear whether the show will premiere in August like previous seasons, or if the six-week movie break will push back the airing date.

The Block 2020 will be broadcast on Channel 9 later this year.

Back on Screens: It's unclear whether the show will premiere in August like previous seasons, or whether the six-week movie break will push back the airing date. (Pictured: Scott with co-host Shelley Craft)

Back on Screens: It's unclear whether the show will premiere in August like previous seasons, or whether the six-week movie break will push back the airing date. (Pictured: Scott with co-host Shelley Craft)

Back on Screens: It’s unclear whether the show will premiere in August like previous seasons, or whether the six-week movie break will push back the airing date. (Pictured: Scott with co-host Shelley Craft)

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