THE coronavirus crisis plaguing the globe has not spared Leeton shire.
While there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Leeton shire or the wider Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) area, the pandemic and the resulting bans have caused chaos for events, sporting organisations, businesses and celebrations.
Organisers have cancelled this year's Leeton SunRice Festival, but are hopeful of still holding some sort of function to announce the winners of the 2020 Ambassador Quest.
However, with the federal government now implementing a ban on crowds of 100 people or more inside, this may prove difficult.
Smaller events as part of the festival are also assessing their options, but the Leeton Art Society has said the annual Penny Paniz Acqusitive Arts competition and exhibition has been postponed.
The Leeton Business Awards, due to be held in June, has been cancelled and Leeton Shire Council has put a stop to its group events at the library.
However, the doors do remain open to this facility.
Sporting codes have also felt the brunt of the pandemic, with the Riverina Farrer Football and Netball Leagues, Group 20, Football Wagga and Southern Inland Rugby Union all pushing back the start dates to their season.
This weekend's Leeton and District Cricket Association grand finals have been cancelled.
Smaller events, including some being hosted by Ambassador Quest entrants, have also had to be called off.
Brides and grooms due to be married in the shire this weekend have also been forced to change their plans at the last minute.
Businesses are also feeling the impact as residents start to implement social distancing measures as advised by the state and federal governments and health authorities.
However, residents have been urged to still spend their money where possible in town as stores do their best to remain open and supply the community with goods, wares and essentials during this time.
Many are calling for residents to spend at least $20 a day in town to help keep small businesses thriving.
Travellers in the shire have also been impacted with holidays being cancelled and some returning from overseas trips are now having to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.
For the latest health advice visit www.health.nsw.gov.au.