The coronavirus pandemic,COVID-19, has forced the cancellation of this year’s Narrabri Show, to have been held from May 1 to 3 and the annual Boggabri Drovers’ Campfire at the end of April.

The cancellation of major local events comes amid the shut down of a spate of national, state and regional social and business events and sporting fixtures.

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier announced that ‘non essential’ gatherings of more than 500 people have been banned to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In NSW, individuals who fail to comply with the ban on gatherings of more than 500 could face up to six months in prison or a fine of up to $11,000 or both, plus additional penalties for each day the offence continues. Corporations face even harsher fines.

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