OK, so they have been back in other states for quite some time now but NSW and Vic where the hardest hit by the Bondi virus outbreak, so in Sydney and Melbourne we have reason to celebrate.
Interpretation of the health rules however is still inconsistent – I worked in two major Sydney venues this month – while both required masks for hospitality staff, one had no requirement for masking wearing by guests (it was a dinner) the other did require guests to wear a mask except when eating or drinking (it was a Melbourne Cup cocktail function) even though in both instances all staff and guests were required to be fully vaccinated.
Looking forward to hearing about events coming back in Victoria – if you have a story, please share.
Good news for sports fans – the Boxing Day Test and Australian Open will operate at capacity. All indoor and outdoor events with fewer than 30,000 fully vaccinated attendees can go ahead without restrictions, while outdoor events with more than 30,000 people attending have to publish a COVIDSafe plan.
Save Victorian Events began campaigning on this issue back in August 2020. Back then we were a pretty lonely voice on this critical issue. Most told us it would never happen and we shouldn’t bother (and have kept telling us!).
One event that is back in both Sydney and Melbourne is Oz Comic Con which is owned by Expertise Events and regular contributor Gary Fitz-Roy tells how he got the event back up and running for December
Last weekend Gary was interviewed on Sky News about the return of consumer events – it’s a short piece.
Keep safe and enjoy the weekend – especially in Melbourne
Thanks again to Brett Bower for the cartoon – you should book him for your Christmas event – Sydney Cartoonist