Cross the Ekka off your 2020 calendar, because the iconic Brisbane show has been called off due to COVID-19.
For only the third time in its 143-year history, the Royal Queensland Show has been cancelled in the interests of public health and maintaining social distancing. Though the event isn't until August, it's clear that the strict restrictions on public gatherings will most likely still be place by then, so the RNA has made the early decision to cancel the show in order to provide advance notice to the exhibitors and competitors who often prepare for months before the event. The RNA is also potentially allowing the Royal International Convention to be turned into an emergency hospital.
Rest assured though, that even though the gates won't be opening in August, the RNA are already planning the 2021 show, and you can bet it will be back bigger and better than ever.
The real question is though, do we still get our Ekka Wednesday public holiday? We'll keep you posted.
In other news, these Queensland national parks are now closed to visitors.
Image credit: Brisbane City Council