The Perth Royal Show has been cancelled after Premier Mark McGowan announced that it would be pushed back to phase five restrictions until October 24.
This morning the Royal Agricultural Society WA was told of the decision after Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson gave the WA Government updated guidance on the risks raised by the Perth Royal Show.
Dr Robertson told the WA government it would probably take at least two months to control the Victorian coronavirus outbreak, which precipitated the move.
“I didn’t enjoy making this decision but the health advice was very, very clear that the risk was too great,” Mr McGowan said, adding the Royal Show presented “unique challenges”.
“The show has a number of high frequency contact surfaces that would pose too big a risk,” Mr McGowan said.
“Implementing a COVID safe plan for the Royal Show is just not possible this year.
“If COVID were present at the show… it would lead to a significant outbreak (and) would result in spread of coronavirus like we haven’t seen before in WA.
“It is a serious risk and one WA does not need to take.”
The Premier acknowledged that the two-month extension of the scheduled move was a blow to business owners, but said it provided a higher level of security.
He said the WA economy was now much more flexible than other states under phase four restrictions.
“The reality is here in WA we are way ahead of the rest of the nation but we don’t need to push the envelope,” Mr McGowan said.
One new person was diagnosed overnight in WA with coronavirus, a returning international hotel quarantine traveller.