Country shows are set to return in 2021 with the NSW Nationals in the state government announcing COVID-safe guidelines allowing people to once again attend their local show.

NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the Coffs Harbour Show was a proud local tradition the community looks forward to every year and the green light to bring this cherished event back was great news.

“Much of our region is in drought recovery for the first time in years so by holding the show once again our farmers will have the opportunity to showcase everything from the amazing food and fibre they grow to their prize-winning bulls or family jam recipe,” Mr Singh said.

“The show is one of the most important social events on our calendar and draws crowds from across the region, giving local businesses exposure and keeping money flowing through our economy – and I have no doubt it will give the Coffs Coast a much-needed boost.

“The NSW Nationals in the state government will be working closely with organisers and industry associations to ensure COVID safe measures are in place for each show.”

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said shows can go ahead from January 2021 with up to 5000 people able to attend at any given time.

“Country shows are the beating heart of regional communities and visiting a show is one of the highlights of living in the bush. Shows boost business and community spirit and it is important that people can enjoy these events safely and responsibly,” Mr Barilaro said.

Organisers will have to complete a COVIDSafe Event Plan, and ensure social distancing at venues, controlled access at entry points to minimise crowding, and a limit to the number of attendees depending on venue size with one person per 4 square metres.

Organisers are encouraged to use the Service NSW COVIDSafe QR codes to enable safe management of crowd numbers and contact tracing.

Guidelines and checklists for country shows will be available online at www.nsw.gov.au/COVID-19.