Coronavirus starts to impact the Fleurieu Peninsula

Halting the region: Coronavirus precautions are forcing many events across the region to be cancelled. Photo: Samara Heisz Shutterstock.
Halting the region: Coronavirus precautions are forcing many events across the region to be cancelled. Photo: Samara Heisz Shutterstock.

Coronavirus is impacting people across the globe and is now being felt on the Fleurieu Peninsula with events being cancelled to keep the region inline with the Australian Government's temporary event ban.

On Friday, March 13 Prime Minister Scott Morrison said all non-essential, organised events of more than 500 people should be cancelled, following the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.

The recommendation to advise against non-essential, organised public gatherings of more than 500 people is precautionary and designed to reduce community transmission of COVID-19 in Australia. The advice from the AHPPC was that this measure will slow the increase in the number of new cases, given community transmission in Australia is increasing.

However, these restrictions would not impact schools, universities, workplaces, public transport and other public locations.

In the Southern Vales a number of events have been cancelled including:

  • McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic,
  • Tasting Australia (numerous events),
  • Surf Life Saving South Australia Junior and Senior State Championships at Port Noarlunga,
  • Tatachilla Lutheran College's Twilight Affair,
  • The youth led festival, Regen, and,
  • ANZAC Day services are also at risk of being cancelled next month.

McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic Chairman, Trevor Sharp said this year we have received record entry levels of classic cars and motorcycles that would have paraded down Main Street of McLaren Vale. Sadly, we have had no other choice but to cancel the event.

"Wineries have geared up to welcome entrants and visitors as this is one of their major tourism events," he said.

"They are of course disappointed but understand that this was our only and realistic option".

"A primary goal of McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic, now in its 15th year, is to raise funds for the McLaren Vale and District Hospital, CFS McLaren Vale and CFS McLaren Flat units and, this year, the Southern Koala Rescue. It will be doubly disappointing if our charitable goals are not met due to events beyond our control."

To help raise funds for these services, vehicle owners who have already paid their entrance fees are encouraged to pass on these funds to one of the three fundraising beneficiaries. A refund option is also available.

SANFL games at the Flinders University Oval will be going ahead however, spectators have been barred from attending and precautions have been put in place for players, coaches and officials.

South Adelaide Football Club Media Manager, Jonathon Parker said players were having their temperature and heart-rate checked prior to entering change-rooms and the only other people given access to the stadium were the parents and guardians of the Under 18's players.

"The average punter unfortunately cannot come and watch the games which is a bit of a shame but obviously with the SANFL games they can stream them online with the Digital Pass," he said.

City of Onkaparinga Mayor, Erin Thompson said with the impact of Coronavirus escalating, we are monitoring the situation closely.

"Currently, council services are largely unaffected, but should this change we'll immediately notify residents via alerts on our website and Facebook page.

"We are taking advice from the Australian Government Department of Health and SA Health. Our priority is protecting the health and safety of employees and volunteers.

"We are also focussed on minimising disruption to the services we deliver; especially those that may reduce our communities' ability to recover from this illness."