A Statement from Melbourne Fashion Festival

Updated: 19 March 2020

On Friday 13 March, in response to the advice received from the Chief Medical Officer and Government authorities on the hosting of events greater than 500 people from Monday 16 March, Melbourne Fashion Festival (MFF) made the proactive decision to cancel its remaining events scheduled for the evening of Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March. 

At that time, we had had no presentations of COVID-19 but were proactive in cancelling remaining events as soon as Government recommendations were made, prior to their recommended timeline, as a precautionary containment measure, noting the health and safety of our team, stakeholders and patrons was, and is, our utmost priority. 

On Wednesday 18 March, we were made aware that an individual who worked in the backstage production team tested positive to COVID-19 in the days following their attendance at the Festival. 

We are working to alert all relevant parties and provide them with the latest advice and will continue to keep across this developing situation. 

To date we have not been formally advised of any other confirmed cases of COVID-19 among people that attended or worked on the Festival. We continue to monitor the situation and adhere to the advice provided by relevant authorities.

We encourage everyone to review the Health Department’s website for up to date and accurate information.


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