CORONAVIRUS BAN: What Southern Downs events are cancelled
WITH mass gatherings of more than 500 people to be banned from Monday March 16, here's what we know about its impact on Warwick events right now:
UPDATED 2PM TUESDAY:
- Warwick Potter's Association Easter Markets
- Warwick West State School's Cobb and Co Excursion
- Zonta Club of Stanthorpe's Yellow Dinner
- Eureka Riders' breast cancer ride
- Warwick East State School's excursion to Warwick State High School
- Stanthorpe car boot markets
- Warwick East State School playgroup
- Amiens State School Centenary:
Postponed for a later date.
- Allora Autumn Festival:
THE festival has been postponed until 2021.
"People come from far and wide to attend the Autumn Festival and to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading CONVID-19, as a committee we have all agreed that it would be in the best interest for our community and public's health and our vendors economic wellbeing to make this decision now rather than wait for it to be made for us," a Facebook statement read.
"Thank you to everyone who has supported the 2020 Allora Autumn Festival, it was set to be our biggest yet!
We look forward to bringing the festival back in 2021."
- Killarney Picnic Basket Day:
THE event will be returning in 2021.
- Wyreema railway tours:
THIS weekend's Southern Downs Steam Railway tour from Wyreema to Toowoomba is still going ahead.
- Killarney Border Ranges Trail Bike Ride:
ORGANISERS announced this afternoon the ride will be postponed, following the declaration of a mass gathering ban on Friday.
"It is with great disappointment that we must postpone the Killarney Trail Ride at this time. We will announce a new date once we have consulted with our community group," a Facebook statement read.
"The final decision is now beyond our control as one of the many permits we are required to obtain in order to run the event has been cancelled based on the overall safety of participants, volunteers and the general community.
" Whilst there will be a huge financial impact on our entire community, the committee believes that the health and safety of our residents comes first. Killarney has an aged care facility and a lot of our volunteers are in some way connected to this, whether it be as workers or volunteers."
Organisers also stated raffle tickets will continue to be sold for the Killarney P-10 State School fundraiser.
"We will continue to promote our sponsors and we thank them for their continued support during this time. Raffle tickets will still be sold in Warwick and Killarney and we will announce a new date for the draw once a new ride date has been set."
It will be the first time in 20 years the event has been cancelled.
THE Warwick Show Society has been forced to cancel the upcoming show, according to events and marketing co-ordinator of the Warwick Show Teilah McKelvey.
"Unfortunately, this means the 2020 Warwick Show has been cancelled. This decision has not been made lightly, and has been made in the best interest of our community, competitors, and traders."
The show was due to be held on March 20-22.
THE swimming carnival was scheduled to run today in Toowoomba but was postponed to a later date.
Scots PGC was among the schools set to compete.
- Maryvale markets
THE Maryvale market committee announced on March 14 they would postpone their community markets.
They have scheduled the next Markets for June 28.
- Back to Warwick Weekend!
ORGANISERS of the event decided to cancel, following the cancellation of the Warwick Show.
- Our Own Guys and Dolls
THE Stanthorpe Little Theatre Company has decided to postpone their upcoming show, Our Own Guys & Dolls.
At this stage, the show has been postponed until October 3-4.
- Border District Eisteddfod
- Easter on the Macintyre
- Warwick Pentathrun
THE committee met on Sunday night to discuss whether the May 23-24 event would continue.
"We are working closely with governing bodies and we will be able to give you a further update within the next few days," the statement read.
We are doing everything we can to make sure the event goes ahead, however please be assured that everyone's safety is our priority."
- St Mary's TAB Race Day
THE St Mary's Primary School event is under discussion.
According to organisers, a decision will be made later today.
THE Queensland Electoral Commission was contacted in regards any risk associated with the upcoming local elections, but declined to comment.
-Stanthorpe Eco Expo:
ORGANISER Sarah Hamlyn-Harris said, at this stage, the event planned to go ahead with guest speaker Jerry Coleby-Williams.
The expo would take hygiene precautions including handwashing stations.
- Sandy Creek Pig Races:
THE Fundraiser for the Wheatvale State School, Lifeflight and Warwick Cancer Council will still go ahead this weekend.
Gates open at noon on Saturday March 21.
Organiser Kevin Kiley said it wasn't expected the event would go over the 500 person ban.