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Victoria AFL Public Holiday October 23 or November 2

Source: State Government of Victoria (Melbourne)
Posted: Sunday, June 7, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: September 12, 2021

More information is coming out about the likely date for the 2020 Friday before the AFL Grand Final public holiday of Australia's State of Victoria, which was officially moved from its previously-announced date, last month.

Recall that, last month (2020-05-23 and 2020-05-15), after initially contradictory announcements by the State's Treasurer, Tim Pallas, 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").

One date currently being mentioned 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 AFL Grand Final 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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