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How Schoolies on the Gold Coast could be cancelled due to latest Covid outbreak 

How Schoolies could be CANCELLED as health authorities scramble to contain fresh Covid outbreak with two new mystery cases reported

  • Annual Schoolies festival on the Gold Coast under threat due to Covid cases
  • Two mystery cases this week have cast doubt on the event going ahead
  • Annastacia Palaszczuk said it will depend on no further unlinked transmission
  • An Uber driver and a man from Pacific Pines are not linked to earlier cases 


The annual Schoolies festival on the Gold Coast is under threat as two new Covid cases remain a mystery to health authorities.

Students from around Australia leaving Year 12 have traditionally arrived on Australia’s party strip in late November for a parent-free party to celebrate the end of school.

At Queensland’s Covid update on Friday, the state’s acting chief health officer Dr Peter Aitken expressed fears about the upcoming event going ahead after the Covid cases of unknown origin were discovered on the Gold Coast.

‘At this stage we’re not doing anything more in regards to restrictions on the Gold Coast. But we are worried because Schoolies is coming up,’ DrAitken said. 

‘If we can get through the next week, I’m quite confident Schoolies would be just fine.’ 

Queensland’s acting chief health officer Dr Peter Aitken expressed worries about Schoolies going ahead after two Covid cases of unknown origin were discovered on the Gold Coast

The first groups of school-leavers from Queensland are due to arrive for Schoolies on November 20, with students from NSW, Victoria and other parts of Australia replacing them in the second week beginning November 27

The first groups of school-leavers from Queensland are due to arrive for Schoolies on November 20, with students from NSW, Victoria and other parts of Australia replacing them in the second week beginning November 27

'We don’t want to cancel Schoolies... But it’s going to depend on what happens over the next seven days,' Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said

‘We don’t want to cancel Schoolies… But it’s going to depend on what happens over the next seven days,’ Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said

The first groups of school-leavers from Queensland are due to arrive on November 20, with students from NSW, Victoria and other parts of Australia replacing them in the second week beginning November 27. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she hoped the the event will proceed but developments in the next week would be crucial.  

‘We don’t want to cancel Schoolies… But it’s going to depend on what happens over the next seven days,’ she said.

A fully vaccinated Uber driver from Carrara and a 32-year-old man from Pacific Pines are the Gold Coast cases of concern.

Their source remains a mystery though on Friday, Dr Aitken revealed the two cases are ‘genomically linked’ and work was proceeding to establish how they had originated. 

Ms Palaszczuk said the Gold Coast was ‘not out of the woods yet’.

‘We have to monitor this very carefully,’ she said.

‘We know that community transmission can happen, but what’s good news is that we have large numbers of people that are vaccinated on the Gold Coast but we want to see more.’

Ms Palaszczuk said the Gold Coast was 'not out of the woods yet',  while Dr Aitken (left) revealed the two new cases in the city were 'genomically linked'

Ms Palaszczuk said the Gold Coast was ‘not out of the woods yet’,  while Dr Aitken (left) revealed the two new cases in the city were ‘genomically linked’

Schoolies officials said attendees of the mostly ticketed events would receive refunds and credit vouchers should new public health orders cause cancellation of the event

Schoolies officials said attendees of the mostly ticketed events would receive refunds and credit vouchers should new public health orders cause cancellation of the event

She said a lockdown in the city would depend on whether unlinked transmission continued to occur. 

Queensland first-dose vaccination rate is 80.55 per cent, while 68.84 per cent are fully vaccinated. 

Residents on the Gold Coast lag behind the state average with 66.3 per cent of residents aged 16 and above now fully vaccinated. 

The official Schoolies website states the attendees of the mostly ticketed events would receive refunds and credit vouchers should new public health orders cause cancellation of the event.  

‘A full refund of monies paid over and above the non-refundable deposit (excluding existing amendment fees and credit card charges if applicable). A Credit Voucher for the non-refundable deposit,’ it states.

Refunds, however, are not available if a school leaver tests positive to Covid, must isolate as a result of being a close contact of a Covid positive person, or for not complying with government health requirements. 

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