For those that did not receive the QNews earlier today, please read the following:
At 1pm today President Lesley was asked by Expertise Events to announce the postponement of the Craft and Quilt Fair due to COVID restrictions.
- At this stage the QuiltWest Committee has not had time to organise new plans.
- Please do not contact the committee as they currently have no answers.
- They will inform you once the plan has been developed.
Message Lesley received from Expertise Events
Part of our role is making the decisions in the best overall interest for both exhibitors and visitors along with the overall objective of ROI for all involved.
We’ve been closely monitoring the situation in Western Australia following the recent decision to close down for a snap lockdown for three days and the significant flow on effects that this has to other States and clients. Right now while Perth is emerging from the lockdown, there are still restrictions including mandatory masks, and a 4sqm rule – the 4sqm rule in particular restricts attendance severely for an event. Additionally, and more problematic given 60% of exhibitors are based interstate is the quarantine requirements now in place for SA, ACT, VIC and QLD. Many exhibitors have already voiced that any quarantine both from a cost and time perspective is not practical which we completely understand. Most States have been requiring an extended period without cases to ease travel restrictions so how long these will be in place for is impossible to determine.
Whilst we believe this should be lifted before the Perth Fair it does cause us to take a gamble, and given the extensive freight times in place this would be irresponsible to chance. If freight was to leave, and border restrictions had not eased, exhibitors could be left significantly out of pocket.
We have therefore decided the best action is to reschedule the Fair back to 14-18 July.
Given we have just lodged and have in transit a personal mailing invite (at a huge expense that we cannot reclaim) this is a decision that comes with significant pain, however we have always said safety overlayed with the right return has to be our focus.
We will be in contact with you over the next few days and look forward to delivering Perth in July.