Brisbane Pride Festival has called off this weekend’s Rally, March and Fair Day events, as Covid-19 restrictions tighten across Brisbane and Queensland’s southeast.
The annual events were scheduled for this Saturday (October 2) from 10am in Fortitude Valley and New Farm.
However the Queensland government announced on Thursday morning COVID-19 restrictions would tighten from 4pm.
The state recorded six new local coronavirus cases on Thursday across multiple, separate clusters.
As a result, a Brisbane Pride Festival spokesperson said they had postponed due to the “public health directives and subsequent restrictions”.
“We cannot proceed with the Brisbane Pride Rally and March nor Fair Day scheduled for this Saturday, 2nd October,” they said.
The spokesperson said Brisbane Pride has “not made the decision lightly.”
“However our goal is to ensure the health and wellbeing of our LGBTI+ community and those around us,” they said.
The spokesperson told QNews.com.au Brisbane Pride Festival would announce an alternative date as soon as possible.
Each year, Brisbane Pride Festival has concluded the month-long celebrations with the Rally and March along Brunswick Street to Fair Day in New Farm Park.
Last year, organisers cancelled the usual Rally and March due to Covid-19. However the 2020 Fair Day was one of the first events of its kind in the world to go ahead amid the pandemic.
This week, Brisbane Pride Festival announced it had asked Queensland Police officers not march in uniform in this year’s events.
Outdoor gathering restrictions hit Brisbane Pride Festival
On Thursday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Logan, Townsville and Palm Island would move to stage two restrictions.
“We’ve got to put these restrictions in place if we are to avoid a lockdown at this stage,” she said.
“The next 24 to 48 hours will be very critical to see if there is any seeding.”
The new restrictions mandate mask wearing and reduce the number of people allowed in homes and public spaces to 30.
Restaurants can also have only one patron per four square metres indoors, and dancing is also banned at venues.
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