Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone has announced the city's much-anticipated Re-Illuminate festival will be pushed back to next month.
The festival, which was originally scheduled for this coming weekend (June 27), was itself a replacement for the cancelled New Year's Eve celebrations.
Cr Carbone said the latest NSW Government restrictions and the spiking number of COVID-19 cases necessitated the postponement of the festival.
"Today the decision has been made to postpone our Re-Illuminate celebration, due to the ongoing COVID-19 risk in Sydney and new restrictions announced by the NSW Government today," he said in a statement last night.
"We are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 situation and hoping to reschedule the event to Sunday, July 18, subject to restrictions and case numbers.
"We want to make sure the celebration is a great experience for everyone."
Cr Carbone said the council did not want to expose the community to any unnecessary risk by going ahead with the festival on its original date.
"While Fairfield Showground and Re-Illuminate have COVID-safe plans that exceed NSW Health guidelines, and the even could have gone ahead under the current NSW Health guidelines, Council has taken a conservative approach to put the safety and wellbeing of the community first," he said.
"I know some people will be disappointed by this decision as we have all been looking forward to getting back to celebrating together as a community, but this is the right decision to protect the health and wellbeing of our community.
"We will keep the community updated through local media, social media and emails to ticketholders."
Re-Illuminate will feature a popular jet pack show, stilt walkers, cultural group performances including lion dancers and drummers, show cars, a DJ and a spectacular fireworks finale.
Winter treats like hot chocolate with marshmallows and roasted chestnuts.