Australia: “‘Very confusing’: Frustration grows as Sydney events cancelled due to crowd bans”

Concert organisers and theatre producers have expressed confusion over the federal government’s effective ban on public gatherings of more than 500 people, as various sporting codes prepare to lock out fans and play in front of empty stadiums after the weekend.

On Friday afternoon Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the emergency measures that will come into effect from Monday, restricting “non-essential” mass gatherings to less than 500 people and forcing a slew of cancellations to festivals, concerts and theatre productions.