Ceduna Christmas market cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

NO MARKET: The Ceduna Christmas Craft Fair has been cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19 restrictions. Picture: Luca Cetta
NO MARKET: The Ceduna Christmas Craft Fair has been cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19 restrictions. Picture: Luca Cetta

Ceduna's Christmas Craft Fair has been cancelled for 2020 due to concerns relating to COVID-19.

After a meeting of members the annual two-day market, hosted by Flair on Eyre, was reluctantly cancelled due to restrictions and to protect members.

The fair, which last year attracted about 30 stallholders, welcomes hundreds of customers through the doors and also provides children with a photo opportunity alongside Father Christmas.

Flair on Eyre's Jocelyn Wighton said the unfortunate decision was made with the wellbeing of members in mind.

"We had a meeting and decided that with all the current rules and regulations, and with an older membership, with COVID it wasn't worth the risk," she said.

"If we did it then we wouldn't have been able to have Santa for the kids, there'd have to be people in through one door and out the other, we'd have to train a COVID marshal, and so it wasn't worth it for this year.

"It's the stallholders who are missing out and we do feel sorry for them, but there is not much we can do."

Ms Wighton said even with the easing of restrictions, it would be too late to begin organising the event.

She said it was a blow to not stage the event as it was well supported by the Ceduna community.

"It is very disappointing to have to cancel," Ms Wighton said.

"However, people have got to understand that we have got an older membership and they are the people really at risk with all this.

"Some people are not happy, but we have to think about our members."

Ms Wighton said the Flair on Eyre store would sell Christmas-themed items in the upcoming months and would be continuing with its regular cake stalls, which are now taking place on the third Friday of every month.

The next cake stall will occur on Friday, September 18.