Moree Seniors Festival postponed amid coronavirus concerns

Darrel Bird, Murray Shaw, Shirley Thompson and Alice Traynor pictured at last year's Seniors Festival luncheon.
Darrel Bird, Murray Shaw, Shirley Thompson and Alice Traynor pictured at last year's Seniors Festival luncheon.

Moree Seniors Festival has been postponed to protect the health of Moree's elderly residents as the coronavirus crisis develops.

The annual festival was due to start on March 29 and run until April 9, however Moree Seniors Festival coordinator Lorraine Bartel said organisers have made the decision to push it back until the situation improves.

"We decided we better postpone," she said.

"It's elderly people we're dealing with, so we can't risk it."

The seniors festival is postponed until further notice, although Ms Bartel said it will definitely run later in the year, possibly around September or October when hopefully coronavirus is well behind us.

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New limits have also been imposed on aged care.

Visitors to aged care homes have been limited to two people at a time, including professional visits.

Visits are only allowed in a resident's room or outside. Social activities and entertainment are banned in aged care homes and school groups are banned. No one aged 16 or younger is allowed in an aged care home without a special exemption.

At last count there were 454 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia.