Another Tasmanian Christmas Carnival has been scratched with St Helens joining Devonport and Latrobe in falling victim to the coronavirus.
An emotional statement was released by the St Helens Athletics Club committee on Tuesday confirming "the indefinite postponement" of the athletics and chopping carnival which had been scheduled for January 16, 2021.
"To cancel our beloved carnival is not something we took lightly," it said.
"Due to the circumstances COVID-19 has left us, in addition to the ageing demographic of our community and our committee, we could not in good conscience allow the carnival to forge ahead amid all this uncertainty.
We know that the other two drawcard carnivals that usually coincide with the athletics and chopping carnival are not going to be held this year (and) this would almost certainly lessen the number of competitor numbers and commitment of usual sponsors."
The committee said it was also concerned over the numbers of volunteers a COVID-compliant carnival would require plus the East Coast community's apprehension over the state borders reopening.
It added: "We look forward to reengaging with our sponsors, competitors and our spectators to make 2022 a bigger and better and all-inclusive event for everyone involved."
The cancellations leave the series with six carnivals between December 19 and 31.