Sydney Mardi Gras cancels Party event due to Covid


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Party, one of the biggest events for 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has been cancelled. The announcement comes amid state government restrictions imposed on major events and parties.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras made the announcement overnight.

“It’s with very heavy hearts we must advise that Party will no longer take place in 2022.”

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras organisers made the announcement to cancel Party overnight.

In a statement, organisers explained their need to cancel the event so early.

“Although March 5 is still several weeks away, due to Party’s large scale, sadly we have had to make the very tough call now.”

“Not only for the sustainability of the event in future years but also for the organisation so that artists and partygoers can make alternate plans.”

Organisers identified the event as “high risk” due to its nature and volume of guests.

“This phase of the pandemic remains volatile, and the health and safety of our community will always remain our top priority.”

“The nature of this event being mostly indoors with dancing, plus with an attendance of more than 10,000 people means it is high risk for COVID transmission.”

The NSW government recently released a public health order prohibiting large gatherings such as this from occurring.

Stating “Singing and dancing is not permitted at a hospitality venue, entertainment facility, nightclub, major recreation facility or music festival.”

Despite working with the government to reach an outcome organisers were unable to proceed with the event.

“Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has worked tirelessly with NSW Health, the state government and venues at all stages of planning for our entire Festival.

“However Party is not operable under the state’s Public Health Order.”

Mardi Gras Parade and Fair Day will still go ahead

Despite the cancellation of Party, organisers have advised that the Parade and Fair Day will still proceed.

Planning for these other major events has continued as Mardi Gras organisers work closely with the government.

“We have approved COVID-Safe plans and procedures in place to ensure other key events, including community favourites Fair Day and Parade, can still go ahead as planned.”

“Most of our events are outdoor and/or seated, meaning they fit under the Health Order and are deemed lower risk.”

“We will continue working with NSW Health to ensure all remaining exciting Festival events fall within current COVID safety guidelines.”

Ticket holders to Party have been assured that they will be fully refunded.

Refunds will be processed via Ticketek and returned to customers within 7 – 10 business days.

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1 Comment

  1. Paul Mitchell
    22 January 2022
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    If Hillsong can get a exemption – surely the SGLMG can as well it is only fair!

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