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Victoria AFL Public Holiday Even If Venue Changes

Source: State Government of Victoria (Melbourne)
Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: September 2, 2020

The Premier of Australia's State of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has announced that Victorians will still get a public holiday on the Friday before the AFL Grand Final, even if the AFL Grand Final changes venue, with Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, all being discussed as possible venues in 2020.

This past spring (2020-05-23 and 2020-05-15), after some initial confusion, the Victoria Government issued a modified list of 2020 public holidays (2019-11-09), with the date for the 2020 Friday before the AFL Grand Final public holiday being replaced by the mention TBD and a footnote confirming earlier media reports ("The Friday before Grand Final public holiday is based on the AFL playing schedule which may be altered due to the response to COVID-19").

Last June (2020-06-07), two replacement dates started popping up in the media.

One of these dates is Friday, October 23, 2020, as the AFL is scheduling its postponed 2020 final for Saturday, October 24, 2020, "given there are no further delays to the season".

Another possible date for the 2020 replacement public holiday would be Monday, November 2, 2020, which would make for a 4-day public holiday in Australia's State of Victoria, when combined with the November 3, 2020, Melbourne Cup public holiday.

The "Friday before the AFL Grand Final" Victorian public holiday originated almost a decade ago (2011-07-17), when then leader of the opposition, Daniel Andrews, announced an extra public holiday to celebrate AFL Grand Final week, if he became premier (2014-12-01 and 2015-07-08).

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