As the new week begins, Sydney and Melbourne are facing ongoing lockdown restrictions and, as a result, many major events have been impacted.
But in some positive news, organisers of many of these events have opted to reschedule to later in the year, rather than cancel.
In the meantime, support is being offered to businesses and individuals impacted by the lockdowns. Read all the latest news below:
Lockdown support available for NSW businesses
With Greater Sydney in lockdown until at least 31 July, the NSW and Federal Governments have announced a significant economic support package for residents and businesses.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced financial supporting totalling up to $5.1 billion, including more than $1 billion from the Commonwealth.
Among the key components of the latest COVID-19 package include an extension to the previously announced business grants program, offering eligible businesses grants between $7,500 and $15,000 to cover the first three weeks of restrictions.
In addition, a new grants program will be introduced for micro businesses with a turnover of between $30,000 and $75,000 and decline in turnover of 30 per cent. Eligible businesses will receive $1,500 per fortnight of restrictions.
Read all the details here.
The NSW Government has also announced a $75 million support package for the performing arts sector and $26 million for the accommodation sector, meanwhile the events industry has been left empty handed with no direct financial package to support the sector.
COVID-19 Disaster Payment for Victoria and NSW
Despite no dedicated sector support, event professionals in New South Wales and Victoria may be eligible for the Federal Government’s new COVID-19 Disaster Payment, which offers a lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 lockdown.
Details are available here.
Major events forced to reschedule
Vivid Sydney is among the latest events to be impacted by the ongoing Sydney lockdown, with the festival forced to reschedule to a later date.
Due to kick off from 6 August, the annual light and creative festival will now take place between 17 September and 9 October.
The lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne and the resulting border closures are having flow-on effects for the rest of Australia’s event industry.
Organisers of the Food & Hospitality Queensland have moved the exhibition to new dates in October to ensure it can run at full strength. The show will now run from 10-11 October 2021 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The Australian Festival Industry Conference, set to take place in September on the Gold Coast, has been postponed until November, also due to the current climate.
Sustainability continues to lead event trends
This season, sustainability and virtual events remain high on the trends list for event professionals, while poorly designed hotel rooms remain one of the biggest pet peeves for business travellers.
Read our latest event trends wrap-up here.
Sneak preview of ATC’s new Winx event space
Australian Turf Club (ATC) is gearing up to welcome future business events to its brand new venue, the Winx Stand, currently under construction at Sydney’s Royal Randwick.
Due for completion in October 2021, the large-scale event centre will offer light-filled spaces ideal for conferences and galas, while the open-air rooftop space is suited for cocktail events and break-outs.
Named after one of the world’s best racehorses, the Winx Stand will have capacity to host over 3,500 delegates for seminars and conferences and up to 5,000 for standing events.
Enquire about hosting your future events at Winx here.
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