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Keeping people apart the goal as Ekka again brings city, country together


Crowd numbers at this year’s Royal Queensland Show – the Ekka – will be capped at 45,000 a day and marshalls will roam the pavilions ensuring people do not get too close to each other as part of a special pandemic strategy.

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With 50 days to go until the Ekka kicks off, tickets are now on sale but people will have to nominate what day they plan to attend and be prepared to social distance in indoor areas.

RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said he had been working with Queensland Health since December on a COVID safe plan for the Ekka.

“The RNA will always act in the best interests of public health, that has been our top priority in planning our comeback show,” he said.

“More than 70 per cent of the Ekka is outdoors, from our main arena to baby animal nursery, sideshow alley, kids’ carnival areas and many competition venues which are not subject to restricted numbers.”

A camera-based counting system will be in place in major indoor pavilions to ensure the requirement for only one person to every two square metres is met.

The monitoring will be available for people to see in real time on screens and on an app.

Marshalls will be roving throughout indoor pavilions to assist with capacity numbers and help the public with physical distancing measures.

There will be more than 300 hand sanitisation stations and hand washing facilities in place around the showgrounds as well as round the clock cleaning of high touch areas by hygiene crews.

Christou said ticket prices had been frozen in line with 2018 prices to ensure the show remains affordable for all, while special online discounts will mean prices for family tickets will be the cheapest in almost 15 years.

He said major events were “rebounding” around Australia.

“The public support for the recent Sydney Royal Easter Show makes the RNA very optimistic about this year’s Ekka,” he said.

“After an unprecedented 2020 we look forward to the people of Queensland coming back together again safely to celebrate our great state.”

The Ekka will run from August 7 to August 15.





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