2020 Port Pirie New Year's Eve event cancelled
Port Pirie Regional Council has made the unfortunate decision to cancel the 2020 Port Pirie New Year’s Eve event in light of COVID-19 restrictions.
Whilst our region has been fortunate in being relatively insulated from the health impacts of COVID-19, our region is still bound by the COVID-19 restrictions as directed by the State Government. These restrictions are difficult and costly to enforce on an event that attracts an estimated 8000-10,000 people, as well as groups congregating outside the event area to watch the fireworks.
Timeframes around submitting COVID management plans for approval and making any amendments needed around the Christmas period would also create difficulties, as well as the expectation that the management plan would also very likely restrict numbers of people being able to attend.
The restrictions mean Council would be responsible for ensuring adequate social distancing by all people/groups, being seated and no dancing at all times, which would be difficult to monitor after dark and when people have been consuming alcohol.
As a result of these significant restrictions, Council has decided not to proceed with the 2020 event.
Council is currently exploring alternate options to support the community celebrating the Christmas and New Year period and make a positive contribution to the mental wellbeing of the community. These investigations include the installation of additional lighting and street decorations in the Port Pirie CBD and regional townships.