Coronavirus: Central Districts Field Days cancelled

The event was expected to attract 27,000 over three days.
The event was expected to attract 27,000 over three days. Photo credit: Supplied

Another major event on the agricultural calendar has been cancelled as authorities try and curb the spread of coronavirus.

The Central Districts Field Days was scheduled to start on Thursday in Fielding.

The long running event had attracted 600 exhibitors this year and had an expected audience of over 27,000 visitors over three days.

However in a statement, the organiser Stuff Events said it would no longer go ahead.

"Following the recent directive from the Prime Minister and in accordance with Ministry of Health advice, we regret to inform you that Central Districts Field Days 2020 is cancelled.

"The event is deemed to be high risk due to the large number of people in close proximity; the possibility of exhibitors and attendees having recently returned from overseas; and importantly - the event being general admission, meaning it is difficult for authorities to trace anyone who may need to be monitored for COVID-19," it said.

It said it was deeply disappointed that the event would not take place, but it respected the need for public health authorities to do everything necessary to contain the spread of the COVID-19 and keep Kiwis safe.

"Our immediate priority is the safe pack down of the event for all exhibitors and contractors currently on site. We are also in the process of contacting all exhibitors, ticket holders, suppliers and stakeholders with this announcement."

Stakeholders would be updated on next steps in a "transparent and timely manner in the coming days."

Further updates would also be communicated via email, as well as posted on the event website and Facebook page.

"We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding during these unprecedented and challenging circumstances."

Earlier organisers of the AgriFood week event in Manawatu announced it would also not go ahead because of the coronavirus outbreak.

It was hoped it could be rescheduled for a later date.