Official update: COVID-19
Posted on : 17 March 2020
Clients & Customers – Looking towards bigger and bolder experiences
Due to increased public concern, to protect the health of stakeholders and visitors, and in response to the Prime Minister and COAG’s direction that any organised mass gathering over 500 people should be cancelled, non-essential events will unfortunately not be permitted to be held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park in the coming-months.
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) and Sydney Showground, much like the rest of the Australian Events industry has been directly impacted by the public health emergency our nation is currently facing, including the cancellation of our very own 2020 Sydney Royal Easter Show for the first time due to a public health emergency since the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1919.
The safety and well-being of our clients, patrons and visitors is paramount and in response to the direction given by NSW Health and the Australian Government, RAS and Sydney Showground has decided this is the best course of action.
We appreciate that the cancellation of mass gatherings has a tremendous impact on the events community and Sydney Showground will stand by its long-term clients and work with them side-by-side in the coming months to ensure a prosperous future for Australian Events once this health emergency has passed.
There is no doubt that Sydney Showground along with many of our clients will be impacted by the current threat of COVID-19 and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through the logistics and issues that come with the uncertainty of the coming months and the complexity of cancelling major events.
In this difficult time we ask that you contact your Sales representative directly for any further questions and enquiries regarding up-coming events and we will be sure to keep you updated as this public health emergency unfolds.
The RAS has survived the Spanish Flu pandemic, the Great Depression and we will survive coronavirus, working with our clients to bring even bigger and bolder experiences to Sydney once it is safe to do so.
General Manager, Sydney Showground
Events and gatherings: Public Health (COVID-19 Public Events) Order 2020
Sunday, 15 March 2020
On 15 March 2020, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard made an Order under Section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010 to force the immediate cancellation of major events with more than 500 people.
Individuals who fail to comply could face up to six months in prison or a fine of up to $11,000 or both, plus additional penalties for each day the offence continues. Corporations face even harsher fines.
The order followed a statement on 13 March by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) recommended:
- limiting non-essential organised gatherings to fewer than 500 people
- limiting non-essential meetings or conferences of critical workforce eg healthcare professionals and emergency services
- encouraging all Australians to exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures
- initiating measures to protect vulnerable populations, such as reducing visitors to all residential care facilities and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Please see here for more information
Official update: 2020 Sydney Royal Easter Show cancelled
Friday, 13 March 2020
Due to increased public concern, to protect the health of stakeholders and visitors, and in response to the Prime Minister and COAG’s direction that any organised mass gathering over 500 people should be cancelled, the 2020 Sydney Royal Easter Show is cancelled.
It is distressing and disappointing to cancel the Show for 2020. There are many people who will be very upset by this decision, and this is the first time the Sydney Royal Easter Show has been cancelled because of a public health emergency since the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1919.
The safety and well-being of our patrons and visitors is paramount and out of precaution, and in consultation with NSW Health, The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW has decided this is the best course of action.
We appreciate that the cancellation of the Show is a huge disappointment for our Show community, particularly exhibitors and visitors from rural and regional NSW who love attending the Show to catch up with friends and celebrate with us every year.
We are implementing a number of measures to deal with ticket and entry fee refunds and will be in contact with ticket holders and exhibitors regarding this process within the next five working days.
You will find regular updates on this website.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as our team works through the logistics and issues that come with cancelling an event of the scale and complexity of the Sydney Royal Easter Show.