MEIA calls on govt to distinguish between low-risk and high-risk mass gatherings

The Malta Entertainment Industry & Arts Association (MEIA)is recommending a risk assessment structure distinguishing between low risk to high-risk mass gatherings and has called on the government to shift with immediate effect impacted sectors benefiting from the COVID wage supplement from Annex C to Annex A.

On Saturday MEIA issued a statement saying that after considering the urgency to secure public health, most of the event organisers and artists who were planning to have their event in the coming days or weeks have cancelled or postponed their event voluntarily and this will continue to leave a negative impact on the livelihood of artists, technicians and suppliers.

While stating it will support the recommendations given by Health Minister Chris Fearne and by the Superintendent of Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci MEIA stated it hold an urgent discussion with all the respective authorities to propose a pragmatic approach as they fear different messages might be given out to the industry which could create further uncertainty.

Therefore, MEIA is recommending a risk assessment structure distinguishing between low risk to high-risk mass gatherings.

MEIA also urged the government to immediately come up with a comprehensive recovery plan for the entertainment and arts industry to secure the livelihood of thousands of workers earning a living from the industry.

The association welcomed the recent news that festivals with inbound travellers are to be cancelled, a suggestion put forward by MEIA members who also argued that short term goals for tourism purposes could negatively impact the level of trust and confidence required from the general public to return to any type of normality.