For the first time in over 100 years, the Sydney Royal Easter Show has been cancelled due to the coronavirus threat.

The announcement comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison advised against mass gatherings of more than 500 people to try and stop the spread of COVID-19.

The popular annual agricultural show attracts around 800,000 during the 12-day event, which was due to run from 3 – 14 April this year.


President of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Robert Ryan OAM said it was distressing and disappointing to cancel the show for 2020.

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“There are many people who will be very upset by this decision, and this is the first time the Sydney Royal Easter Show has been cancelled because of a public health emergency since the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1919,” Mr Ryan said.

The Easter show, which was first held in 1823, is Australia’s biggest ticketed event.

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Chief Executive of the Royal Agricultural Society Brock Gilmour said from today, they will start the task of communicating with all stakeholders and help them adjust to the impact the cancellation will have, as reported in 9News.

“We are in the process of implementing a number of measures to deal with priority concerns including refunding or holding over competition fees, refunding tickets purchased by the general public and unwinding contracts with hundreds of suppliers,” Mr Gilmour said.

“This process will take weeks and we will work hard to keep our stakeholders informed as we work through the detail.”

Are you disappointed about the cancellation of the Easter show and other big events? Tell us in the comments below.

  • So sad but for the best


  • Such a disappointment but it is for the best.


  • I’ve never been, maybe one day I’ll take my kids, but there health and safety is more important


  • No surprise here. With the crowds this show attracts, it needed to be cancelled


  • This was a very good decision. If people are being cautious and not going out needlessly, the show may not have made money anyway. It’s better to help reduce exposure to Coronavirus.


  • Best thing they have done


  • I have a feeling there will be many more cancellations and changes for the community.


  • A major disappointment for many – as are many of the cancellations of other events – but what needs to be done, needs to be done, and this is a sensible choice in trying to combat the spread of COVID19.


  • Does not effect me but clearly these are unusual times and everyone’s just doing what they feel is best for others.


  • This is a good decision


  • Tough times require tough measures and sadly this is one of them.


  • This is just one of many events which have been and will be cancelled. Yes it’s a shame but it’s very necessary to prevent this virus from spreading too quickly


  • The Sydney Easter Show is a Sydney tradition for so many. But you have to protect others from this crazy Coronavirus


  • I would have loved to get one of these but my budget didn’t quite stretch that far unfortunately


  • This is such a shame but I can understand why it’s happening. Better to be safe than sorry


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