All The Major Events Cancelled Due To Coronavirus In Australia
The word 'cancelled' has been stamped over hundreds of Australian concerts, sporting matches and show flyers – here’s what’s not happening so far.
As COVID-19 continues to spread, a slew of event and touring companies have started cancelling everything from festivals and conventions, to film premieres. The country's sporting codes have also weighed in, scrapping matches or shutting out fans from games.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has advised the country against any non-essential public events of 500 or more people and ordered all international travellers arriving in Australia to self-isolate for two weeks.
In light of these new health provisions, here are some of the Aussie events that have already been halted due to COVID-19.
Groovin The Moo
On Tuesday the promoters of the Groovin' The Moo festival announced it would no longer go ahead this year. Offering those who already had tickets the opportunity to hold onto them for next year's festival, tickets for 2020 could also be returned for a complete refund.
Splendour in the Grass was set to go-ahead in July of this year but -- similar to the Coachella festival in the United States -- has been not been cancelled but rather postponed until October this year.
Anzac Day services have been cancelled in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia after the federal government banned mass gatherings of more than 500 people.
On Monday, the NSW branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia was the latest to cancel their Anzac services.
"The risk to vulnerable people during the current health situation is simply too high for these events to continue in their traditional format," a statement read.
"Given the significant concerns around the spread of COVID-19, it would be irresponsible to allow such large gatherings as we see each year on ANZAC Day to go ahead. This is not a decision we have taken lightly."
Sydney's iconic annual light show, Vivid Sydney, will not go ahead this year.
The festival, which attracts millions of visitors and added $172 million to NSW's economy last year, was scheduled to run between May 22 and June 13.
Sydney Royal Easter Show
It's a family favourite, and in sad news, the event organisers confirmed the Sydney Royal Easter Show will not be going ahead this year.
It's the first time the show has been cancelled since the Spanish flu pandemic in 1919.
Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade
A festival and parade to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Sydney's CBD has also been cancelled.
The organisation's president Karen Murphy said it was a "difficult decision" but was made in the best interest of the community.
"While the government restrictions on large events don’t come into play until Monday, on further reflection and on listening to our supporters and community, we have decided to cancel the event," Murphy said.
Robbie Williams' Concert
Robbie Williams was scheduled to perform in Melbourne on March 14 to coincide with the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. Both events have now been cancelled.
Ticketek Australia and entertainment company TEG confirmed the cancellation during the PM's announcement on mass public gatherings.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Festival director Susan Proven announced the cancellation of the 2020 event, which was due to kick off on March 25 in Melbourne. Festival director Susan Provan said the team was "devastated".
Skyfire is the largest, single-day public gathering on the Canberra calendar and was scheduled to go ahead March 13. The event has been postponed until later this year.
The heavy metal music festival has announced the cancellation of all Australian dates. The event will not go ahead in Melbourne on March 20 or in Sydney the following night.
According to the official statement, the cancellation was due to failure to secure a replacement headline act after American rock band 'My Chemical Romance' pulled out of all Australian and New Zealand tour dates.
Dark Mofo Festival
The Tasmanian music festival was set to take place in June at the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart. In their cancellation statement, owners expressed they felt they had "no choice" to scrap the event.
Miley Cyrus' Bushfire Relief Concert
Miley Cyrus was set to perform alongside Lil Nas X, Seb Fontaine and the Veronicas in Melbourne on March 13.
The star announced on Instagram that the bushfire relief event was cancelled "due to the recommendations of local, state, federal and international government authorities."
Cyrus said she will still be donating to victims of the bushfire crisis.
The Pixies Tour
The American rock band has postponed the remaining dates of their Australian tour after a punter at the recent Golden Plains Festival tested positive for COVID-19.
The Pixies headlined the Victorian music festival and were set to perform shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.
Russell Brand's Perth Show
The comedian took to Twitter hours before his Perth performance to announce he would be cancelling due to the news a recent venue attendee had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
"I am not happy with risk for me or for any of you," Brand wrote on Twitter.
Football Federation Australia has announced the remaining A-League and W-League seasons will now be played behind closed doors.
Wellington Phoenix matches will also be rescheduled in light of the government's announcement that all international arrivals to Australia would have to undergo 14 days of self-isolation.
Super Rugby will also be put on hold.
The call came after New Zealand announced travellers entering the country must isolate for 14 days over the coronavirus outbreak.
SANZAAR, who runs the competition, said in a statement that following the decree from the New Zealand government, it would not be feasible to carry on with the competition, with five teams from the country participating.
The AFL plans to go ahead with round one of the 2020 premiership season, but without spectators.
AFLW games will go behind closed doors. Men's games will also be played without fans.
NRL confirmed that starting from round two, fans will also be locked out of games and will not be able to see their team's play live.
The sport's governing body is understood to have informed all 16 clubs of the decision shortly after the government announced it would be advising for the cancellation of all non-essential mass gatherings of over 500 people.
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix
The Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne has been cancelled. Following confusion over the race's status, organisers decided to call off the F1 season, saying it was based on an update received from the Victorian government's chief health officer.
Drivers had urged bosses to pull the pin following McLaren's withdrawal after one of their team members tested positive to the virus.
Socceroos FIFA World Cup Qualifying Games
FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation announced they will be postponing Asian World Cup qualifying matches in March and June. Socceroos matches against Kuwait and Nepal in March, and against Taiwan and Jordan in June, have been postponed indefinitely.
Cricket: Australia V NZ One-Day Series
Cricket Australia has banned spectators from Australia's three-game ODI series against New Zealand, instead holding it behind closed doors.
World Surf League
The World Surf League has cancelled the opening event of the 2020 Championship Tour -- aptly named the Corona Open -- on the Gold Coast from March 26.
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