Ekka public holiday cancelled amid Brisbane's Delta outbreak

Brisbane residents will not have next Wednesday off as is the annual tradition as the region continues to grapple with a worsening Covid-19 outbreak.

The Royal Queensland Show holiday, which was gazetted for next Wednesday, has been cancelled, Deputy Premier Steven Miles has announced.

The Royal Queensland Show, affectionately known as the Ekka, was due to start tomorrow, but was cancelled earlier this week amid the southeast’s eight-day lockdown.

Ekka public holiday cancelled amid Brisbane’s Delta outbreak

Camera IconEkka organisers had almost completed their full set-up for the show when it was cancelled this week due to the Covid-19 situation. NCA NewsWire / Jono Searle Credit: News Corp Australia

Mr Miles said the likelihood of there “still being some restrictions in Brisbane next week” meant the holiday had been cancelled.

“It will be rescheduled to some time later in the year,” Mr Miles said.

“We have not yet determined when.

“Last year, when we delayed the public holiday to create a new special long weekend, we saw Queenslanders flock to tourist destinations, spending money in our hospitality businesses, and so we’d hope to create a similar opportunity again for Queenslanders to support our local tourism operators and local hospitality businesses.”

Ekka public holiday cancelled amid Brisbane’s Delta outbreak

Camera IconThe Ekka public holiday will be rescheduled to a date later in the year. NCA NewsWire / Jono Searle Credit: News Corp Australia

Under Queensland regulation, public holidays can be cancelled. A new rescheduled holiday will need to go before parliament to pass legislation, which Mr Miles said “won’t be able to happen until the end of August at the earliest”.

Queensland recorded 17 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, 16 of which were linked to the Brisbane schools cluster.

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