These events will be held provided there will be no physical distancing requirements at the time.

“The COVID-19 situation has improved much more rapidly than anyone could have predicted and the Western Australian community should be congratulated for supressing the spread of the virus,” Chair Commissioner Andrew Hammond said.

“Thanks to the WA community, we now have more confidence major events will be able to proceed as in previous years.

“However, if any physical distancing requirements are in place when these events are scheduled, the City of Perth will need to reconsider going ahead with any major events, including Skyworks.

“By minimising and mitigating any financial risks as much as possible and working with suppliers and contractors on terms that will allow us to act, we feel more prepared in case COVID-19 restrictions are put in place once again.”

The City of Perth will work with various agencies, organisations and stakeholders such as the WA Police Force and the WA Chief Health Officer to start planning and preparing for events in late 2020 and early 2021.

The City will plan and deliver the 2021 Australia Day Skyworks event as normal, provided a public education campaign is undertaken, communicating key messages on COVID related hygiene, wellness and physical distancing awareness.

Public transport logistics to and from the event will also be examined in conjunction with the Public Transport Authority to limit overcrowding wherever possible.

The City will additionally proceed with the planning and delivery of a series of Christmas concerts in Forrest Place in lieu of the Christmas Nativity in the Supreme Court Gardens to support the retail and food and beverage industry in the area.

New Year’s Eve will still be held in Northbridge, with a focus on fireworks and an eclectic mix of roving entertainment offerings throughout the precinct.

Popular events such as the Christmas Lights Trail, Perth Home Grown Markets and Twilight Hawkers Market will continue as already planned.

“The City of Perth’s main strategy is to disperse visitors throughout the city to experience a range of magical, family-friendly activities,” Chair Commissioner Andrew Hammond said.

“As well as celebrating Perth and Western Australia’s diverse background, this would have significant positive flow-on effects for local traders also.”

Due to mixed community feedback received through public consultation, City of Perth Commissioners recommend the incoming Council consider a whole of community conversation surrounding major events once the new Council takes office later this year.

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The City of Perth acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.