Mass Gathering Events and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

//Mass Gathering Events and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Dr Jamie Ranse discussed the complex and evolving nature of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in relation to Mass Gathering events. This live interview was aired on ABC News 24, 12th March at 1415 (Australian Eastern Standard Time) and portions replayed throughout that same afternoon.

This interview highlights:

  • Not all events are the same,
  • Event organisers should be having collaborative conversations with local health authorities on a decision to postpone or cancel events,
  • If events are not postponed or cancelled, alternative social distancing strategies to protect the population during mass gatherings should be considered, and
  • If events are not postponed or cancelled, individuals should self assess if they should attend events depending on their level of vulnerability.

The information discussed in this interview is correct at the time of airing and is subject to change.

‘Mass Gatherings and COVID-19; live interview on ABC News 24, 12th March 2020.