‘Big Brother: All-Stars,’ with COVID-19 safety measures, set for August 5th

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The best kind of summer quarantine is set to start on August 5th, aka Big Brother: All Stars!

CBS has announced the premiere date for season 22 of Big Brother! However, it’s not a traditional cast of a Big Brother season because the network has officially revealed that it will be a cast entirely made up of former contestants.

Big Brother traditionally begins near the middle of June so some fans were resigned to there being no new season for 2020. However with season 22 having a later start date due to COVID-19, this could actually be an entertainment gift for television viewers, because the season will run probably run through October or November. That’s fantastic news considering the fall television premiere schedule is looking pretty bleak at the moment.

According to TMZ, there are some rumored contestants that have already been quarantining before they can be medically cleared of COVID-19 to enter the house.

Says TMZ: “Here’s who we know is quarantining in Hollywood so far … season 19 winner Josh Martinez, season 8 runner-up Daniele Donato, season 18 alum Paulie Calafiore, season 18 winner Nicole Franzel, season 20 runner-up Tyler Crispen, three-time contestant Janelle Pierzina, season 14 winner Ian Terry, season 12 winner Hayden Moss and season 20 alum Bayleigh Dayton.”

Included in the announcement CBS listed out their coronavirus safety protocols for the cast: “The Big Brother production will follow specific health and safety protocols for COVID-19 with the welfare of everyone involved as the highest priority. Houseguests will undergo a quarantine period prior to production and will be tested several times prior to entering the House. Once inside, they will be tested weekly during the season and have no contact with any crew members, and all supplies delivered will be disinfected. In addition, the live show will not have a studio audience.”

They also said, “all staff and crew members will be tested prior to commencing work on a regular basis, as well as screened daily for symptoms. They’ll be required to wear PPE and will work in pods to enhance social distancing. In addition, a COVID-19 compliance officer will be on staff to monitor and enforce all health and safety COVID-19 protocols.”

Big Brother: All-Stars will kick off August 5th with a special two-hour live move-in premiere, then continue with its traditional three-nights-a-week schedule on Sundays, Wednesday, and Thursdays.

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