Major events dumped, postponed after virus

Ashlea Witoslawski
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ELECTION19 FEATURE SCOTT MORRISON WEEK TWO

Sydney's Easter Show is among the major events that have been cancelled because of the coronavirus

GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

* Non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people have been advised against from Monday.

* This does not include workplaces, schools, universities, airports, supermarkets, public transport or parliament.

* Australians are being told to reconsider their need to travel overseas unless it is essential.

* 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.

* Australians have been advised to reduce visits to all residential aged care facilities and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

MAJOR EVENTS AFFECTED

* 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

* Victorian Supreme Court and County Court new jury trials suspended

* Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability postponed this week's community forums in northern Tasmania.

* Next 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 strict self-isolation rules.

* NRL to play without crowds from round two next week, with the NZ Warriors based on the Gold Coast.

* Super Rugby on hold after this weekend's matches

* AFL season to open next week in empty stadiums for foreseeable future

* This also applies to the rest of the AFLW season

* World Surf League opening event of the 2020 Championship Tour on the Gold Coast cancelled

* 2020 Surf Life Saving Championships cancelled

UNDECIDED:

* 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