All mass participation events in South Australia remain under a cloud because of COVID-19 amid fundamental changes to attracting tourists to the state, Premier Steven Marshall says.
Following the decision to axe the V8 Supercars street race in Adelaide next year and not seek a contract to run the race in the future, Mr Marshall says the events sector is not going to be the same for the next couple of years.
“I don’t think there are any mass events that are going to continue the way that they have in the past,” Mr Marshall said on Friday.
“What we need to do is to sit down with event organisers and come up with some pretty significant modifications.”
The government’s view puts other events such as cycling’s Tour Down Under in January and future versions of the Royal Adelaide Show and the Christmas Pageant in doubt.
Mr Marshall said SA needed to pivot from a small number of large events to a larger number of smaller events to keep people safe but maintain as many jobs as possible.
The state government said the demise of the Supercars was also triggered by falling ticket sales and rising costs in recent years.
While the impact of the coronavirus pandemic ensured it was no longer viable.
SA Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex said it was important to identify new opportunities to ensure continued work for businesses in the hospitality and events sector.
“What we will continue to target is the rights sorts of events that we can operate in this sort of environment,” he said.
“This sector has been hit particularly hard and it’s about identifying those right opportunities that will create jobs.”
South Australia reported just one new coronavirus case on Friday, a woman in her 40s who recently returned from overseas.
SA Health said she remained in hotel quarantine and posed no threat to the wider community.
There are now 10 active infections in SA, all returned travellers in isolation.