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Mass Gatherings & COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Updated: Mar 2

Like everyone, we have been watching the cases of COVID-19 track up over the past 2 months. With the potential for mass gatherings to be cancelled, and travel bans likely causing issues with artists getting on stage, it’s hard not to be alarmed.


Sometimes for perspective, we can look to the past.


The last pandemic was the H1N1 or “swine flu” outbreak in 2009. During this time, the Australian Government did not officially impose cancellations on mass gatherings. In fact, the World Health Organisation reported that it was only Mexico where their national soccer matches were impacted by Government bans.


In a statement from Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday it was confirmed, “...there is no need for us to be moving towards not having mass gatherings of people. You can still…go off to the concert...”.


Still, regardless of Government bans, there have already been changes to touring circuits and cancellations of events in other parts of the world as outlined in this Guardian article and in Rolling Stone. Billboard have been keeping a tally on cancellations to date for the music industry.


With information updating by the minute, we need to keep calm, keep informed and carry on.



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