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Australia's major events cancelled and postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

Photo: Major events dumped, postponed after virus
A number of major sporting and other events have either been cancelled or closed to spectators because of the coronavirus outbreak in Australia.

  • All people arriving in Australia from midnight Sunday will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Cruise ships from foreign ports are banned for 30 days.
  • Non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people will be banned from Monday, but this does not apply to workplaces, schools, universities, supermarkets or public transport.
  • A national advertising campaign urges people to wash their hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, dispose of tissues, and avoid contact with others if they're feeling unwell.
  • Vivid Sydney Light Festival cancelled
  • Sydney's Royal Easter Show cancelled
  • St Patrick's Day festivities in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane cancelled
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival cancelled
  • Comedy Steps Up for Bushfire Relief at the Sydney Opera House cancelled
  • Download festival, scheduled for Melbourne and Sydney, cancelled after My Chemical Romance pulled out amid coronavirus fears
  • Melbourne Fashion Festival shows cancelled on Friday and Saturday
  • New jury trials in Victoria and NSW suspended, and jury trials in South Australia suspended 24 hours
  • Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability postponed this week's community forums in northern Tasmania.
  • This week's Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety hearings in Adelaide and future hearings closed to the public until further notice
  • 2020 World Science Festival Brisbane cancelled
  • South Australia's Port Fringe Street Party cancelled
  • Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show cancelled
  • Tasmania's Dark Mofo 2020 cancelled
  • Jimmy Eat World national tour cancelled
  • Australian Formula One Grand Prix and Supercars' round in Melbourne cancelled
  • Cricket's One Day International series between Australia and New Zealand cancelled after one match on Friday, due to NZ's two-week self-isolation rule for international arrivals
  • Sunday's Sheffield Shield cricket final round cancelled, with decision to be made on the final
  • NRL to play without crowds from round two this week, with the NZ Warriors based in northern NSW for timebeing
  • Super Rugby on hold after this weekend's matches
  • AFL season to open this week in empty stadiums for foreseeable future
  • This also applies to the rest of the AFLW season
  • A-League and W-League to play out season in empty stadiums, with Wellington Phoenix staying in Australia
  • World Surf League opening event of the 2020 Championship Tour on the Gold Coast cancelled
  • 2020 Surf Life Saving Championships cancelled

  • Anzac Day services and marches on April 25 still being considered
  • Sydney writers' festival ticket sales suspended
  • Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, ticket sales suspended
  • Brisbane Comedy Festival shows from Monday under review
  • Sydney autumn racing carnival being reviewed on Monday.


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