Schoolies as we know it will now not be going ahead on the Gold Coast, with the state government deeming the event too high risk.
It comes as the state records another three cases of coronavirus overnight, with two of those cases on the Gold Coast.
It is the first two cases of community transmission on the Gold Coast for months.
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It’s forced the Chief Health Officer to bring in harsher gathering restrictions for the whole of the Gold Coast area, limiting both indoor and outdoor gatherings to just ten people.
Jeanette Young has therefore deemed November’s Schoolies event as too risky. That means beach side concerts and the other big events usually held within Surfers Paradise during that time will not be going ahead.
The new gathering restrictions will be in place through to December 11, after the Schoolies period.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk hopes school leavers understand how serious this is.
“It poses high risk. High risk, not only the people who attend, all the young people, but also all the people they come in contact with, and of course their families and their friends and their grandparents.
“So, we’ve had to take that very tough decision. So there will be, unfortunately, no concerts, no organised events, because there can be no mass gatherings.
“I had a couple of detailed conversations with the mayor of the Gold Coast, Tom Tate, he fully supports the advice from the chief health officer and I thank him for that.
“I hope parents can understand and students can understand that this event cannot go ahead in this format this year,” the Premier said.
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) August 27, 2020