The global Covid-19 pandemic continues to make it incredibly difficult to plan ahead.
While it looks like the 2022 Sydney Mardi Gras will be able to go ahead in some form, organisers have announced that the event's closing party has had to be cancelled.
The cancellation has been triggered by a new public health order issued by the state government for New South Wales. Sydney is the capital of the state of New South Wales.
Australia is trying to navigate its way from the zero-Covid policy that saw its borders closed and extended period of lockdown into a more business-as-usual approach in which Covid can be managed as an endemic health issue. However, a spike in infections caused by the Omicron strain has added uncertainty to that strategy.
The latest health order from the government prohibits singing and dancing. While there are a number of exceptions to this rule, it does mean that it's not currently possible to hold major parties such as the closing party at Mardi Gras. Organisers had been planning for an event with a capacity for 10,000 people.
The good news is that it looks like Mardi Gras Fair Day and the Parade will continue as planned.
“We have approved COVID-Safe plans and procedures in place to ensure other key events, including community favourites Fair Day and Parade, can still go ahead as planned...” confirmed organisers.