The latest outbreak of Covid-19 in Victoria has forced the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show to cancel its November dates and postpone until next year.
“Until recently we were still in a strong position to successfully deliver the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show this November, however the current local outbreak has substantially changed the situation,” the show’s organisers said in a statement.
“It is therefore with great sadness that we need to report that Museums Victoria, which manage the Royal Exhibition Building, has now formally advised us that it will no longer permit our Melbourne Dog Lovers Show to be staged this November as their venue will be closed for major festivals like ours.
“Unfortunately there continues to be no clear certainty around whether large scale events will be able to return in Victoria this year and with the venue closed we have no other choice but to reschedule the 2020 Melbourne Dog Lovers Show to 2021.”
The new dates for the next Melbourne Dog Lovers Show will be October 22-24, 2021.
“It has taken some time to secure this alternative date with venue management, but we are absolutely delighted to be able to run the Show in late October as we believe it is ideal timing,” the organisers said.
“We are aware that many businesses rely on the sales and awareness generated from the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show each year and like us will be bitterly disappointed with this outcome, however we trust you can understand that this decision was taken out of our hands and we had no other choice.”
All stand bookings and payments made for the rescheduled 2020 Melbourne Dog Lovers Show will be automatically transferred to the 2021 show in October.