Family Feud Canada enforces strict no handshaking rule and limits families to Toronto area
Family Feud Canada is gearing up for season two however, thanks to the spread of COVID-19, things will look a little different this year.
On Friday, CBC, who broadcasts the show, announced 18 of the families who will be competing in the upcoming season. With that, they also shared some new rules that the families will have to adhere to.
As the ongoing global pandemic forces us to keep our distance from on another, one of Family Feud Canada's new rules will include no handshaking and strict social distancing.
"Families aren't able to shake hands with the opposing families or with [host] Gerry," producer Donia Aly told Freshdaily, adding that the face-off podiums are six-feet apart as well as the host's podium.
"A big difference from last year, is after Fast Money at the end of the show, both families would have a little party on stage with one another. This year, it's just the winning family that celebrates after Fast Money."
Sad (but understandable). One of the pleasures of S1 of CBC's Family Feud was that families came from all across the country. This year, because of COVID, everyone lives within driving distance of the Toronto Broadcast Centre. (Also - no kissing!)https://t.co/Iesx8Dm9mR pic.twitter.com/6d87fhNQQI— Simon Houpt (@simonhoupt) October 9, 2020
Besides this, new protocols also mean that the families participating in the game show will not be hailing from all across the country as usual but rather from driving distance to the CBC's Broadcast Centre - where the show is filmed - in Toronto.
"To ensure the safety of the crew and families and adhere to COVID-19 travel and safety protocols, the families participating in this season of FAMILY FEUD CANADA must live within driving distance of the studio," a press release reads.
Of the 18 families announced, two come from Brampton, one from Scarborough, one from Shelburne, one from Thornhill, one from Hamilton, two from Mississauga, one from Bolton, one from Cambridge, one from Toronto, two from Oakville, one from Pickering, one from Vaughan, one from London, one from Caledon, and one from Guelph, all in Ontario.
Look who’s family appeared on Family Feud Canada 🇨🇦... pic.twitter.com/mlWdo91SeJ— Christine Campbell (@cece35) October 8, 2020
Despite this, Aly is confident that producers have been able to capture a diverse representation of families.
"A lot of people have mentioned that even through a difficult time, that even the audition process has been a fun thing that families can do together."
Aly also went on to talk about how the pandemic has changed their audition process.
"Last year we would go on a nation wide audition tour and audition 16, sometimes 20, families in one big banquet hall and see them all nin person," she said.
"This year of course things have changed. We've been virtually auditioning families."
Premiering on Thanksgiving Monday, the show, hosted by Gerry Dee, will feature 104 new episodes broadcasting four nights per week from Monday to Thursday.
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