The Cabramatta Moon Festival has been cancelled for 2020. The traditional harvest festival, which regularly attracts 90,000 visitors, was scheduled for September 27.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said under current government restrictions, the event cannot go ahead due to the size, layout and that it is not ticketed or gated.
The state Government has announced that from July 1 , cultural and sporting events at outdoor venues with a maximum capacity of 40,000 will be allowed up to 25 per cent of their normal capacity. Events must be ticketed and seated and follow strict guidelines.
"The Moon Festival attracts tens of thousands of people from around Sydney and interstate. On that basis the event cannot proceed given the risks," Mayor Carbone said.
"I know that many people in the community will be disappointed that the Cabramatta Moon Festival can't go ahead this year, but this is to protect the wellbeing of the community and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"Anyone who has been to Cabramatta Moon Festival knows that part of the experience is mingling and celebrating with the large crowds of visitors. Many of these visitors come from all over Sydney, NSW and interstate. This is simply too big a risk during the pandemic.
"We have also spoken with key stakeholder who have expressed their concerns at the potential health risks. council shares their concerns.
"I look forward to welcoming everyone back to Cabramatta for the 2021 Cabramatta Moon Festival and celebrating all the things that make our city great."