The 2020 Sydney Royal Easter Show has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, following an announcement this afternoon by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that gatherings of more than 500 people will be banned from Monday.

More than 800,000 people were expected to attend the show, which has been cancelled only a handful of times times since it began in 1823: in 1919 for the Spanish flu, and for five years during World War II.

The show was slated to begin on April 3 and run for 12 days. Organisers say the cancellation will cost the not-for-profit organisation more than $10 million. The news will come as a deep blow to the NSW agricultural community, which has also been hard-hit by the bushfires and ongoing drought.

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