No tiptoeing through ACT tulips in spring

There will be no tiptoeing through the tulips at Canberra's Floriade this spring.
There will be no tiptoeing through the tulips at Canberra's Floriade this spring.

Australia's biggest celebration of spring has been cancelled amid fears about the spread of coronavirus.

The ACT government has cancelled the annual flower and arts festival Floriade, which attracts about half a million visitors to Canberra every September and October.

"Given the significant planning and co-ordination required for Floriade, the ACT government is not assured that the event can be set up and staged in a manner that guarantees compliance with current physical distancing requirements," Chief Minister Andrew Barr said on Wednesday.

Australian Associated Press