With just one month to go until the 2020 edition of Bluesfest, it’s understandable that concern from the general public would arise, with many worrying about wether the idea of gathering in large groups would be wise considering the current coronavirus outbreak.
However, acting upon advice provided by both the NSW Health department, and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, the festival today issued a statement revealing that the Easter event will still take place as intended.
“We are all aware of COVID-19 in Australia and want to update you. Bluesfest Byron Bay will be going ahead as planned from 9 – 13 April 2020,” said Festival Director Peter Noble OAM.
“Both NSW Health and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), the federal body, report that attending public events such as Bluesfest are low risk.”
Complementing their statement with supporting evidence, organisers shared advice from the AHPPC which notes that they “consider that public events should proceed, but strongly recommend that people that are unwell with cough or fever or other respiratory symptoms should not attend public events or gatherings.”
Likewise, NSW Health specifically notes that “the risk of community spread of COVID-19 in NSW is low, therefore NSW Health does not propose altering arrangements for public events,” though they point out that “it is important to note that this advice is subject to change as the situation evolves.”
“We will keep you updated on any changes,” Bluesfest’s statement continues. “We want to assure you that we are currently implementing the recommended extra safety measures and additional facilities in order to consider the general health and safety of patrons, artists and staff at the event.
“Bluesfest will be supplying additional hand sanitisation facilities at our toilets and throughout the festival site.
“If you’ve already purchased a ticket for Bluesfest, your ticket purchase is fully insured in case of cancellation due to this pandemic,” it concludes. “Thank you for your continued support and looking forward to seeing you all here in Byron Bay this Easter.”
Bluesfest is set to take place between April 9th and 13th in Byron Bay, with the likes of Patti Smith, Crowded House, Dave Matthews Band, and more performing at the event. VIP ticketholders also have access to the Rolling Stone Australia launch party, with the “Karaoke with the Stars” event being hosted by US soul singer Allen Stone.