One state, but two massively different scenarios faced event organisers in New South Wales over the Easter long weekend.

While in the north of the state, the significant repercussions of the public health order imposed on Byron Bay Bluesfest rippled through the local community, down south, at Sydney Olympic Park it was a totally different picture. It was one of excitement and relief at being able to welcome back the crowds under blue skies and with CovidSafe plans.

Kicking off on Good Friday and running for 12 days, organisers are expecting crowds of up to 60,000 people to walk through the turnstiles each day for the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

The event is traditionally one of the biggest in Australia.

CEO Brock Gilmore said “we have gone out of our way not to rip the core out of the show”.

He said they’d worked over a year to make a big effort to hold onto all the popular and much-loved aspects of the show. But the key to its success was going to be in operating safely.

“We have a number of measures in place, in particular, social distancing and more investment in cleaning.”

He said they had also redone the layout of the grounds so that they could implement queuing systems supported by their investment in scanning software that interfaced with the Show’s app.

Daily capacity for the Sydney Royal Easter Show has been set by NSW Health at 60,000. This is half the daily crowd size the Show could attract.

Visitors to the show have been asked to follow its CovidSafe guidelines.

According to the guidelines, “The Sydney Royal Easter Show is working closely with the NSW Government and NSW Health to ensure the event site abides by all physical distancing rules, including limited numbers in arenas and exhibition stands, streamlined entry and exit points, and physically distanced queuing, this will all be monitored by COVID marshals and RAS staff.”

Many suppliers to the business events sector service the event, with work on the Show consitituing a major piece of business for the year. Among them are stand builders ExpoNet, AV providers Harry the hirer, pavilion hirers, security operators and a large contractor workforce.

In the Dome alone, the expo of food and produce requires a complex build of exhibits that showcase beautiful fresh produce grown all around the country. There is a wide range of pavilions and exhibition areas making it one of the biggest showcases of its kind in the country.

The show runs from 1 – 12 April, with several days selling out over the Easter weekend.

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