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

FIRST LOOK: Victoria’s brand new yard in The Block country as host Scott Cam looks dejected after production was suspended due to positive Covid test

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

Dressed casually in an elbow-length blue shirt, jeans, puffer jacket and well-worn brown boots, the 59-year-old Channel Nine host looked downcast.

The first day of filming came to a halt on Tuesday – another blow to the renovation series which has already suffered setbacks this year due to delays in building permit approvals.

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

Scott was deep in conversation with members of the production team as he toured the site, located in Gisborne, about an hour from Melbourne.

While the competitors were away, tradesmen were seen erecting steel structures around the houses.

Crews learned that production had been suspended Tuesday morning as they arrived to begin renovating their homes, The Blockinator Blog reported.

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

Lots to talk about?  Scott appeared deep in conversation with members of the production team during his time on site

Lots to talk about? Scott appeared deep in conversation with members of the production team during his time on site

It’s another setback for Nine’s long streak of home renovations, as there have been delays in building permit approvals.

The filming schedule for The Block is expected to be delayed by just one week due to the Covid affair.

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

“The Block’s biggest season yet will air on Nine later this year, as planned.”

Construction: While competitors were away, tradesmen were seen erecting steel structures around homes

Construction: While competitors were away, tradesmen were seen erecting steel structures around homes

Announcement: Crews learned that production had been suspended Tuesday morning as they arrived to begin renovating their homes, The Blockinator Blog reported

Announcement: Crews learned that production had been suspended Tuesday morning as they arrived to begin renovating their homes, The Blockinator Blog reported

This isn’t the first time the pandemic has halted production on The Block.

In 2020, the 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, teams will be doing a “tree change,” meaning they’ll be building in the bush instead of in town.

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

Challenges: It's another setback for Nine's long series of home renovations, with building permits being delayed

Challenges: It’s another setback for Nine’s long series of home renovations, with building permits being delayed

Still on track: The Block filming schedule set to be delayed by a week due to Covid affair

Still on track: The Block filming schedule set to be delayed by a week due to Covid affair

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

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

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

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

She surreptitiously took a picture 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 an appearance on The Real Housewives of Melbourne.

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

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

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