Source:State Government of Victoria (Melbourne)
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: September 12, 2021
The Government of Australia's State of Victoria has announced that the public holiday for the Friday before the AFL Grand Final, originally scheduled for September 25, 2020, had now been officially moved to Friday, October 23, 2020, as well as being renamed Thank You Day in 2020 ("Confirmation of the Grand Final date also means that the Government can lock in the popular AFL Grand Final eve public holiday for Friday, 23 October").
Concerning the change of name of this public holiday, presumably only for the calendar year 2020, today's announcement goes on to state that "A 'Thank You Day' for Victorians who have made so many sacrifices as part of the community effort to contain the spread of coronavirus".
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).
This past spring (2020-05-23, 2020-05-15 and 2019-11-09), the Victoria Government issued a modified list of 2020 public holidays 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, with the date of October 23, seemingly gaining traction last month (2020-08-15).
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