HBF run called off

THE impact on local traders from the Coronavirus pandemic has been varied, but with big conferences and the HBF Run for a Reason being cancelled, it’s starting to get awfully close to home.

A city department store worker reported the big shops are noticeably quieter the past couple of weeks, but people still appear to be going out for essentials.

Pubs, the North Perth pool hall, and liquor stores were pretty well populated over the weekend.

There have been a couple of Covid-related cancellations which affect local contractors:

The Australasian insurance industry’s Steadfast Convention has been cancelled. It was scheduled to bring 2,000 delegates including keynote speaker Julie Bishop to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 22 to 24.

Comedian Russell Brand cancelled his sold-out March 9 Perth Concert Hall show, citing concerns about a woman who attended a WASO show there after being tested for Covid-19. PCH says the place has since been fully cleaned and there’s no risk. 

Perth Glory has postponed its March 18 match at Perth Oval against South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai in the Asian Champions League because of travel restrictions.

The AFL has announced if public gatherings are banned then matches will go ahead without any spectators, the way GWS Giants games are currently played.

The AMAWA has told the state government to consider pre-emptive school closures to help slow the spread of the virus.

President Andrew Miller has said tens of thousands of people could need admission to hospital during the course of the virus, with 10 per cent of those affected needing intensive care. 

Education minister Sue Ellery said pre-emptive school closures weren’t currently being considered.

UPDATE: The St Patrick’s Day festivities planned for March 14 have also been cancelled.

Vincent council and the St Patrick’s Day WA Committee announced the joint decision in a press release issued March 13.

Mayor Emma Cole says “We have been long-time supporters of the St Patrick’s Day Festival and we look forward to continuing our support in the future.

“We would like to acknowledge that the festival is a massive undertaking for a voluntary community group, who have worked really hard on the event over the past 12 months.

“We want to say an enormous thank you to St Patrick’s Day WA Inc. for all of their efforts and for their understanding and support of this decision.

“We hope all festival sponsors will continue to support this event this year and in the future.”

SPD WA Inc chair Olan Healy says “We know people will be disappointed but next year we will bounce back bigger and better.

“We believe it is in the best interest of the community to cancel given current concerns around mass gatherings.”

by DAVID BELL

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