Local events have felt the full force of the escalating coronavirus pandemic, with a number of festivals and events scheduled to take place over the coming months now cancelled or postponed — including the highly anticipated Australian Pipe Band Championships and Clunes Booktown.
The cancellations come as Prime Minister Scott Morrison, along with state and territory leaders called for the cancellation of all non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people on Friday — backed up by a State of Emergency which began in Victoria on Monday.
The pipe band championships and Booktown festival were two of the first large-scale local events to fall victim to coronavirus — officially known as COVID-19 — measures, with organisers announcing on Friday that the festival was cancelled and the championships postponed.
The cancellations were the start of a snowball effect which saw a long list of events called off around the region including Maryborough District Health Service’s Charity Golf Day, Maryborough Education Centre’s Family Fair and the Pyrenees Unearthed Wine and Food Festival.
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