Covid patrols for Skyworks

SKYWORKS will go ahead on January 26 with “Covid marshals” carrying out spot checks to ensure spectators are double vaccinated. 

A City of Perth statement says: “With the safety of the WA community in mind and with current Covid advice from the WA government, all attendees to Skyworks 2022 must be double vaccinated.”

There’ll be check in QR codes and manual registers at the viewing sites, and “Covid marshals will be doing spot checks and people are required to have proof of vaccination on hand”.

The City of South Perth has confirmed it’s the same deal on its patch of the foreshore with marshals patrolling for double vaccination proof for over-16s, and warning “if you don’t have proof, you will be asked to leave the event”.

Along with other attractions like the Langley Park family entertainment zone and the Birak Concert, there’ll be a pop-up vaccination clinic offering booster shots for people who’ve already had two vaccines.

Meanwhile cancellations have started to trickle in for events scheduled for after the February 5 state border opening as 2020’s uncertainty returns.

The Perth Festival has cancelled its big opening event Escape that was due to run across multiple sites along Bathers Beach and Victoria Quay in Fremantle, “due to uncertainty around the Omicron Covid-19 variant”. 

The festival’s other events are still on but organisers said Escape was too hard to run due to “the challenge of checking vaccination status in the large footprint of the event area and the availability of staff, artists, volunteers and contractors due to potential illness or isolation”. It was going to feature hundreds of artists, staff and volunteers and was forecast to bring in tens of thousands of visitors across two nights on February 11 and 12.

Also cancelled are Rod Stewart’s March concert, the City to Surf run that was scheduled for August, and April’s Surf Life Saving Championships has switched locations to Queensland with a plan to return here for 2023. 

by DAVID BELL

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