Updated: Mar 18, 2020
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the ban of mass gatherings of more than 500, after meeting with state premiers, senior ministers and health authorities.
Many events have been cancelled around Australia. Formula 1, FIA and AGPC announced cancellation of the 2020 Australian Grand Prix. Powercruise #81 at The Bend Motorsport Park has been postponed. Also Car Meets & Burnout Competitions across South Australia have been cancelled.
Statement from Health SA: "Everyone in the community must play a role if we are to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes people considering organising, attending or supporting attendance at a public gathering. A public gathering is any function or event attended by a large group of people, such as conferences, music festivals, sporting events, some religious and life celebrations, cultural events, elections and other public occasions. From 17 March 2020, the Australian Government has taken the precautionary measure of recommending indoor public gathering involving more than 100 people, and outdoor public gatherings involving more than 500 people, be cancelled. The cancellation does not extend to schools, universities, shops, supermarkets, public transport or airports. As the advice is changing, it is important that you check current public health advice. People organising smaller events should undertake risk assessments in partnership with local and national public health authorities. The assessment should be reviewed and updated regularly through planning and delivery of the event. The decision to hold, restrict, modify, postpone or cancel your event should be based on a thorough assessment of the risk. Before going ahead with your planned event, you should consider the factors detailed below and appropriate steps you can take to reduce the risk."
You can find out more information here; https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-organising-public-gatherings_0.pdf
AASA, The Australian Autosport Alliance recently released this statement on Facebook: "With the government press release today 13th March 2020 on guidelines towards dealing with Coronavirus, The AASA wish to advise that we will be working with all our Promoters, Partners, Competitors, Officials and The further Motorsport community as this situation continues.
The impact of Coronavirus is developing and government authorities will continue to advise us of any changes that effect our events and we will update all parties as necessary. This may include restrictions at events or even cancellations.
Any Promoter, Club or Event has the authority to either run or cancel their events if they feel it is in their best interest or they feel they are at risk from Coronavirus. AASA will continue to keep all parties updated as the current situation changes.The AASA will be working with promoters to ensure events can continue if possible and look at all options of reducing the amount of people at one event by helping with other solutions.The AASA will work with each individual state authority in Australia and New Zealand to adhere to safe and responsible practice.Please adhere to all safe practices for the Health of your friends and family.For further information please see https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
Thank you for your patience as we get through this together."