Western Australia may be open for business, but events industry left battered by COVID-19

Blake Williams

ABC Sport

After nearly two years of cancellations and strict COVID-19 restrictions, major events are starting to trickle back to WA, but Perth’s event industry says not enough is being done to help local operators recover.

When the pandemic first struck in 2020 and borders were slammed shut, events and entertainment businesses were among the first to be hit.

Then the WA government decided to impose strict restrictions over the New Year’s period, resulting in a loss of more than $26.5 million after 250 events had to be cancelled.

Months on from WA’s border reopening and weeks since the removal of most COVID restrictions, major events are starting to return to the once ‘hermit state’.

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