The Pax Aus team has broken the sad news that PAX Aus 2021 will need to be postponed until next year due to the ongoing COVID19 outbreaks in Sydney and Melbourne. This was announced in a Twitter post, where they reassured that those who had already purchased tickets would be entitled to a full refund.
An update on PAX Aus 2021 pic.twitter.com/xnq2Hwu7nA
— PAX Australia (@PAXAus) August 10, 2021
This is saddening to all in the Australian Gaming community, but not altogether surprising. Australia’s control over the spread of the virus in early 2021 may have given the Pax team confidence that PAX Aus 2021 would be able to go ahead on its usual schedule, but the situation has changed. Outbreaks in Sydney and Melbourne have put both cities in various forms of lockdown. At the time of writing, Victoria has recorded 20 new cases of the virus with NSW recording 356 new cases and 3 deaths. Victoria’s lockdown is due to expire at 8 PM this Thursday, but health officials say they will be monitoring the situation closely to see if the lockdown needs to be extended.
Similar to last year, Pax Aus Online will be implemented instead, bringing the Australian gaming community together to preview game demos, attend virtual panels, and more. Those who purchased tickets to the physical convention will be contacted over the next week for more details on any refunds.
Here’s hoping we’ll all be able to meet again at Pax Aus 2022.