Coronavirus and Exhibitions

 
  SeanF Station Staff

Today, the Prime Minister announced that from Monday next week all non-essential events greater than 500 people should be cancelled.

In the UK, Hattons announced today, that they will be closing the physical store to walk in customers; online orders will still be accepted.

In Victoria, the F1 was cancelled at the last minute.

I was wondering whether show organisers for Brisbane, Angle Park, Caulfield, Rosehill, Liverpool, and Wagga Wagga, will still be proceeding with model train shows this year?

We could end up with no train shows at all this year.

I am sure we will wait until we get confirmation from the relevant show organisers.

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  allan Chief Commissioner

The first opportunity to deal with this virus was fouled up when the Chinese failed to act decisively in time. The next opportunity will not be until the population is vaccinated (and the anti-vaxers are all dead...). A vaccine could be more than a year away, so there will be a lot more pain yet.

Until then, exhibitions, conventions and other gatherings will be (at best) risky: if they are able or allowed to go ahead, it is likely that there will be insufficient attendees to make them worthwhile.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
while gatherings are getting the spot light - it's the day to day contact that will  increase this virus - anyone going past anyone else using the same seat, space, touching the same thing in the nomal day to day things. how mqny have become hermits for a year? the virus  will hit anyone.

But I agree mass gatherings increase the risk.

I hope the medical and scientific places have all the money they need to combat this !!

Then we can have our model shows back etc.

Regards,
David Head
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
The Bundaberg show in Queensland is next weekend.  I'm not sure how large that is but it might be an indication of what's to come.

At this stage, I wouldn't be game enough to predict what's going to happen by Epping, let along Caulfield or Sydney shows.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
RP has these in the database for 2020 https://Railpage.com.au/events/category/exhibitions wondering how many may not go ahead now?
  SeanF Station Staff

Canberra Model Railway Expo at Kaleen High School, to be held on 28th/29th March, now cancelled
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
It’s been announced that the Bundaberg show I referred to earlier has now been cancelled too.
Talk about lucky timing for Sandown, a week later it would have been the same!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
This is the first I have seen for a cancellation but this time in the usa  https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/vermont-rails-2020-cancelled-vermont-st-albans-march-14th
  a6et Minister for Railways

This is the first I have seen for a cancellation but this time in the usa  https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/vermont-rails-2020-cancelled-vermont-st-albans-march-14th
bevans
China has been opening a lot of its businesses as well as news has it that all the temporary hospitals that were built have also closed owing to the numbers of cases dropping dramatically. Hubei province has started to open areas and various places have eased restrictions, disinfections in the areas are continuing though.  Quite a few factories have started to open up again as well as the businesses according to news this morning.

The general term for the virus to spread and when various restrictions that were taken in China and have started to take place here, except for supermarkets and shopping centres where free for all and panic buying is taking place is cause for more alarm owing to contact with some who may already have the virus.  Thing is if we look at the time line in China when the virus commenced and its almost being over now and medical experts saying if there are the heavy restrictions placed in countries then it could repeat the finishing of the spread in 3-5 months.  

Its now just on the 3rd month since it broke out in Hubei province and with a much larger population than in this country, it could be gone or nearly gone in the same time frame if people acted sensibly. Perhaps exhibitions in June may well go ahead.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I hear the Diamond Creek Easter show  is also cancelled.

DVR has ceased public running as of today.

David
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
This is the first I have seen for a cancellation but this time in the usa  https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/vermont-rails-2020-cancelled-vermont-st-albans-march-14th
China has been opening a lot of its businesses as well as news has it that all the temporary hospitals that were built have also closed owing to the numbers of cases dropping dramatically. Hubei province has started to open areas and various places have eased restrictions, disinfections in the areas are continuing though.  Quite a few factories have started to open up again as well as the businesses according to news this morning.

The general term for the virus to spread and when various restrictions that were taken in China and have started to take place here, except for supermarkets and shopping centres where free for all and panic buying is taking place is cause for more alarm owing to contact with some who may already have the virus.  Thing is if we look at the time line in China when the virus commenced and its almost being over now and medical experts saying if there are the heavy restrictions placed in countries then it could repeat the finishing of the spread in 3-5 months.  

Its now just on the 3rd month since it broke out in Hubei province and with a much larger population than in this country, it could be gone or nearly gone in the same time frame if people acted sensibly. Perhaps exhibitions in June may well go ahead.
a6et

China is at risk of it coming back around once they open back up.  Remember most of their population hasn't suddenly had it or a vaccine.  
As soon as international travel and business reopens they're back at risk.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I hear the Diamond Creek Easter show  is also cancelled.
dthead
Bugger, I was looking forward to that one Sad
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
** Let's keep this thread specifically for hobby events. General Corona virus posts inthe the thread in the lounge ***
  sol Assistant Commissioner

Location: Evanston Gardens SA
Hills Model Railway Society has cancelled theirs - moved now to 2021
https://www.facebook.com/HillsModelRailwaySociety/
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I hear the Diamond Creek Easter show  is also cancelled.

DVR has ceased public running as of today.

David
dthead

DVR ceased running until when?
  sol Assistant Commissioner

Location: Evanston Gardens SA
Diamond Valley closed until further notice
https://www.dvr.com.au/
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Murray valley unlikely to proceed but we will wait a bit.
  sm-at-eden Station Master

This Coronavirus Pandemic is really putting a big spanner into things.  Apart from all of the restrictions being placed on us daily (Event/ Entertainment/Travel cancellations, to name a few), there are some that are hitting our humble interests.

The way I see it, there are three aspects that come to mind:-
(1) Many Exhibitions have been cancelled so far (I suspect that there will be many more to come as well);
(2) All of our local Distributors/Manufacturers etc are not receiving any product from their contracted factories in China, due to the inability of the factories to get their workers back from Chinese New Year shutdowns and the effects of the Pandemic ; and,
(3) With the Oz Buck dropping to US$0.61 cents today, there will not be very many orders being placed with the factories in China for new or rerun product for quite some time to come as all contracts are written with payments to be made in US$'s.

I would like to see a rosy glow on the horizon, however, I suspect that there are many months of gloom ahead of us.

Gary
  Oztrainz Beginner

Hi all,
Received by email today to members -
Illawarra Live Steamers, Wollongong - All public running days and private functions have been cancelled until further notice. The AALS convention due to be held in Victoria over Easter has been cancelled (although the AALS and Tullamarine Live Steamers webpages do not appear to have been updated yet)

The future of the Hot Pot Run due to be held over the June long weekend on the ILS site is awaiting a GO/No Go decision by the ILS Board next month.

In the US, as seen on the Model Railroad Hobbyist forum - multiple exhibitions, open houses and conventions/meets have been cancelled, too many to list individually.
  qredge Deputy Commissioner

Location: Marsden Qld
This May show in Brisbane has been deferred to October to a date to be advised
  brissim Chief Train Controller

This May show has been deferred to October to a date to be advised
qredge

I'm assuming you are referring to the Brisbane show?

Tony
  TedFreeman Junior Train Controller

Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
As is to be expected, the 2020 Toowoomba Model Trains & Hobby Expo due to be held on June 6th and 7th has had to be cancelled.

Ted (Teditor) Freeman
Secretary - Toowoomba Model Railway Club Inc.
  allan Chief Commissioner

This year's SA Convention has been cancelled...
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The big question is will Caulfield still go ahead 3 months out?
  Oztrainz Beginner

Hi all,
Just received confirmation that Epping Model Railway Club's Rosehill exhibition over the NSW June long weekend has been cancelled and abandoned for 2020.

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