The skies will not light up this New Year’s Eve with the City postponing its annual fireworks celebrations.
“We do not want to jeopardise 2021 in any way. The borders will reopen to all of New South Wales and Victoria tomorrow and we will welcome hundreds of thousands of holiday makers from across Australia,” said Mayor Tom Tate.
“I don’t want to risk anyone’s health simply for the annual fireworks. I trust people will understand and still celebrate the end of what has been a testing year for us all – and look forward to fresh beginnings in 2021.”
Mayor Tate said in 2019 up to 90,000 people watched the fireworks in Surfers Paradise alone – a number too large to properly manage under the Chief Health Officer’s Covid restrictions. The City will repurpose the funds usually spent on the fireworks to hold a celebration post-Covid, possibly later in 2021.
“There will be a time to celebrate, hopefully in the not too distant future and we will be sure to put on a fireworks display then which will also bring visitors from far and wide.”
Mayor Tate said the challenges of Covid would remain throughout 2021.
“Major Events Gold Coast and the City will ensure the festive lighting and activations across the coast are in place so people can get those selfie-images but we need to abide by social distancing rules that still exist given Covid,” he said.
Mayor Tate said he was aware that smaller community events were going ahead with fireworks under Covid-safe plans.
“As long as they have the Qld Health tick of approval and follow the Covid-rules, I wish them all the best, but I urge them not to take risks at this time.”