After news broke that the AFL Grand Final would be played in Queensland this year, the Victorian Government confirmed residents will still get a public holiday.
Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced yesterday the decider would be played at the Gabba in Brisbane on October 24. It’s the first time the grand final has ever been played outside of Melbourne and was a decision made due to Victoria’s coronavirus restrictions.
But last month the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said Victorian residents would still get a public holiday on Grand Final Day if the game was played out of state.
The Victorian Government has now confirmed the public holiday will be on the eve of the game — October 23 and will be called Thank You Day.
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The new public holiday is a one off day to thank Victorians “who have made so many sacrifices as part of the community effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” a statement from the Victorian Government said.
“Grand Final eve is a special day on the Victorian calendar and while it falls on a different day this year, this is a very real way of saying thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to fight the pandemic,” Jaala Pulford, the Small Business Minister said in a statement.
“Confirming the public holiday also provides certainty for businesses so that they can make necessary plans.”