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WA events industry angered as Perth COVID-19 restrictions force New Year's Eve cancellations

EIAWA Chair Tim Kennedy interview with ABC News reporter Keane Bourke

Mr Kennedy said many events would be open to enforcing mask-wearing or requiring proof of vaccination to enter, if given the opportunity.

The restrictions will also have a devastating effect on many suppliers, contractors and staff who had been engaged to put on the events, according to the industry.

Snack Festival, which had been planning on hosting thousands of people at the Claremont Showgrounds, laid bare the cost on its Facebook page.

After restrictions were first introduced, organisers outlined changes to the event to allow for three-square-metres per person and encouraged guests to get vaccinated.

He said while some event businesses would benefit from celebrations that were going ahead, such as the Perth Cup, others would struggle.

"The real concern though is just this sort of attitude of certain sectors being penalised whereas others aren't," Mr Kennedy said.

"What we'd rather see is events like music events be given the opportunity to operate with restrictions, like a lot of other industries have been given, rather than just simply shutting them down."

read the full ABC interview here

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