Fears are mounting for tomorrow's Mardi Gras, with Wagga City Council indicating it could be forced to postpone the event if told to do so by government health officials.
Nationals MLC Wes Fang said this morning the health ministry reached broad agreement that any event with more than 100 attendees had to be "seriously reconsidered" in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Fang is lobbying council this morning to postpone the event, saying it represented an unacceptable level of risk.
"Wagga council needs to take the lead on this and prioritise the safety of the residents of Wagga over any event," Mr Fang said.
"We need to practice social distancing."
Mayor Greg Conkey is in discussions with state and federal health officials and he said he would be following their advice, even if it meant cancelling tomorrow's event.
"If that's the advice, we will be taking heed of their advice," Councillor Conkey said.
"I am in close contact with Joe McGirr and Michael McCormack and things could change soon."
Cr Conkey said council would be making a decision later today.