HOLDING STEADY: The committee will continue planning 2020’s festival at this stage.
HOLDING STEADY: The committee will continue planning 2020’s festival at this stage.

How Jumpers and Jazz will handle coronavirus threats

ORGANISERS of Jumpers and Jazz in July have confirmed the event will go ahead as planned and that this year's festival is "holding steady", despite the looming issue of coronavirus cancellations.

The event, which brings in an estimated $6.4 million to the Southern Downs, posted on Facebook on Saturday afternoon, that the management committee would remain in contact with the Queensland Government regarding any updates and act accordingly with appropriate community safety measures.

Event organiser Pam Burley said there was a lot of weighing on a decision, including financial benefits and physical and mental wellbeing.

"The community needs this festival," she said.

"We're being cautious not to pull the pin too quickly, and trying to figured out what is the magic date that we decide.

"We will respect the guidelines made by the government but we're hopeful that in four months' time all we have settled and be back to normal, but we're not being unrealistic and unwise about it."

 

NUMBER OF FACTORS: Jumpers and Jazz’s 2019 management committee members Bette Bonney, Pam Burley and Sally Edwards.
NUMBER OF FACTORS: Jumpers and Jazz’s 2019 management committee members Bette Bonney, Pam Burley and Sally Edwards.

 

Ms Burley said a decision would also depend on whether the committee could provide a full festival experience.

"It's not only our decision either, we're guided by other partners and hosts of events," she said.

"I have a sense it will be a collective decision. We will ultimately have to make the hard question if necessary, but it is dependant on a number of factors.

"At the moment, we haven't had feedback from any event organisers that they don't want it to go ahead."

Despite current Warwick Art Gallery closures, Ms Burley also hoped, that if the event was forced to cancel, the hard work of Yarntopians could still be showcased.

"The tree jumpers people work on them all year so they'll be very disappointed if they can't put their trees together," she said.

"The Yarntopians decided on their theme back in August, and they've been working really hard ever since, so hopefully that exhibition will still exist."

Ms Burley estimated around 60,000 people attended the 10-day festival.



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