While many in the community excitedly anticipate the 'Inverell Gets Its Glow On' event to be hosted on Saturday (July 17), others have criticised organisers for putting the community at risk.
"The people organising this festival are from Sydney. Their performers have been in Sydney recently. They are bringing the risk of COVID to your community. You shouldn't be publicising them. You should be investigating them," a concerned citizen wrote.
But, event organiser Anne Demasi said they copped this criticism "all the time" and wanted to ensure the community, they were doing all the right things.
The current COVID-19 restrictions do not limit their events, and they're happy to trust that people try to do the right thing.
"I think as long as you do what the health advice has asked, and people follow that - masks, check in, sanitiser, not standing too close - I'm confident that we shouldn't have any issues.
"We haven't been to Sydney for two months or so, and we're not from the immediate area that is affected," Anne said.
"We've all had a Covid test as recently as Monday for added peace of mind, and we all returned a negative.
"We're a small family business and it's a $50,000 fine so it's not worth the risk - to your community, or to us. For our performers, this is their livelihoods, so their not going to put that at jeopardy.
"We've been working with Covid since July last year so this isn't our first (experience in dealing with the matter). At the end of the day, we also need to realise this isn't just a Sydney thing, it's world-wide, and we need to learn to live with it.
"At the end of the day, if you are worried, you don't have to come, you can stay at home."
For more information on the event you can visit the 'Inverell Gets Its Glow On' Facebook event page.
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