The Australian Government has suggested cancelling any public event with more than 500 people in attendance as of Monday 16 March 2020. Obviously the intention is to slow the spread of the Corona Virus. The two biggest Piping events in 2020 would be the Australian Pipe Band Championships, due to be held on the 4th and 5th of April in Maryborough, Victoria. With bands travelling from all states and neighbouring countries, some school bands were the first to pull out of the event, which has now been postponed, probably until October or later.
The second biggest event to be cancelled would be the the R U Brown Piobaireachd Society competition due to be held on the 9th May. Organisers have called off this years event despite its size being smaller than the recommended number of attendees, but it was felt that many of the visiting guests, competitors and judges were of the age that they fell into the severe risk category and it would be prudent to avoid risking their exposure, especially with many competitors flying in from interstate or overseas.
Organisers of both events obviously believe this to be the most prudent course of action and hope that anyone put out by the cancellations will be understanding.