The Executive Committee of the ASC of NSW Ltd has met today to discuss the implications on shows of the Order under Section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010 to force immediate cancellation of public events with more than 500 people in response to COVID-19.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has today urged the community to do the right thing and obey the decisions and advice of the National and NSW Chief Medical Officers. 

Tim Capp, ASC President stresses the importance that all shows for the foreseeable future follow this directive.  Our recommendation is that all agricultural shows and show related activities in NSW do not proceed.  As there is no definitive timeline on the spread of COVID-19 where it is logistically possible to delay cancellation of your event until closer to your show please do so.

In consultation with your insurance broker, PSC, for those shows that insure through the ASC policy are advised there will not be public liability insurance, if shows run an event that has 500 or more people in attendance.

We advise shows scheduled later in the year to monitor this situation and the advice being given by the National and NSW Chief Medical Officers and act accordingly.  The ASC is actively monitoring the advice as it is distributed.  We encourage the individual shows to also actively monitor communications as the situation appears to be changing hour by hour.

Rescheduling an event or show later in the year needs to be after consultation with your ASC Group Executive when considering a date as your proposed date may clash with others.

Cancelling shows will have an economic and mental health cost to already struggling regional communities but we must act in the best interests of public safety.  The resilience of show committees in the recent drought and bush fires, and importance of the showgrounds to the community will see agricultural shows bounce back.

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