Tamworth Country Music Festival postponed until April

This year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival has been postponed until April following a change in COVID-19 safety measures.

The scaled down 50th anniversary event was due to kick off this week but has been pushed back until April 18 after a surge in Covid cases in NSW.

“The decision to postpone the festival, just a week out from the event was a difficult, yet necessary, decision to make,” festival manager Barry Harley told the ABC.

“Given the current state of COVID transmission in our communities and the impact the changed COVID safety measures have on our venues.

“It is the best decision for the health and safety of everyone involved.”

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet reintroduced some restrictions following the surge of cases including a ban on singing and dancing at entertainment and hospitality venues, although major events could still go ahead.

“Only in circumstances where NSW Health deems that event to be a high-risk event, then we will contact those organisers and work through the current COVID-safe plans with you,” he said.

“This is a challenging time, not just in New South Wales, but around the world, that the efforts that our people have made has kept New South Wales safe, has kept New South Wales open, and kept New South Wales strong.”

However, there is a hope NSW may be nearing the peak of the latest wave of infections with cases down 10,000 from the previous tally of 30,062.