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COVID-19 and the 2020 school leaver holiday period

In late August, the Queensland Premier announced that organised Schoolies events cannot proceed as they have in previous years, due to the risks associated with mass gatherings and COVID-19.

Young people are encouraged to reconsider what their end-of-school celebrations might look like and make decisions that are right for them. Celebrations of any sort must be COVID safe, with police on hand to enforce prevailing health directives.

On the Gold Coast, wristbanding used to identify legitimate school leavers and the free Schoolies Hub on the beach in Surfers Paradise is cancelled.

School leavers are asked to think about their 2020 celebration plans given these new parameters. Consider where you will go, when you will go, who you're going with, and what you will be able to do when you get there. You might even decide that celebrating isn’t right for you, and that’s okay.

Regardless of if, how or where you chose to celebrate, always make sure you’re up to date with the latest health advice and current directives for both the state of Queensland and your local region.

Message from the Chief Health Officer of Queensland

Chief Health Officer: Dr Jeannette Young - Schoolies Week 2020CHO Dr Jeannette Young - Schoolies Week 2020 (captions)