MEIA urges govt to stop all events with foreigners flying in specifically for the events

“We had and still have an opportunity to focus on the local market”

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Malta Entertainment & Arts Association (MEIA) is proposing a number of measures following the latest developments reported with regards to the risk of mass events aimed at safeguarding the local industry and ensuring the general public safety without the need to stop people from enjoying themselves.

“Whereas our industry brings joy and contributes to the wellbeing of society, MEIA is also sensitive to the fact that a lot of sacrifices have been made in recent months and that the industry is in the long process of recovery. This recovery requires a collective effort to ensure that we can provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all.” – stated the association which also announced that it will start meeting with the respective authorities to safeguard the local Entertainment & Arts industry.

  • MEIA recommends that the maximum audience capacity is set to a ratio applied according to the size of the venue.
  • All uncontrolled events without a gate entrance need to stop with immediate effect as contact tracing cannot be effective. Where natural hoarding is not possible, then a hoarding border needs to be enforced to create such gate entrance.
  • A gate entrance must be enforced in all events.
  • All attendees would need to have their temperature control taken or any instant safeguard as suggested by the Health Authorities.
  • Mandatory sanitiser provided and enforced upon entry.
  • Mandatory contact details and/or ID card scanned upon entry for all attendees.
  • MEIA encourages the use of visors, masks, and social distancing.
  • Organisers should ensure their staff and crew who are in direct contact with the attendees all wear masks, for indoor as well as outdoor venues. This should also be mandatory.
  • They urge the entertainment and arts industry to lead by example. They also call on Government to follow the guidelines and regulations issued for public events on the principle that such guidelines and regulations should apply to all and impact everyone equally.
  • Measures need to be enforced by legal notice. MEIA suggests this remains in force until further notice.

The association highlighted that since the global cases did not slow down and the pandemic is still very active in other countries, they asked to stop all events with foreigners flying in specifically for such events as they are more likely to spread the disease locally.

It is also recommended that a much stronger campaign and ongoing campaign is carried out to enforce testing by the general public.

MEIA said that its intention is to safeguard the entertainment and arts industry as well as ensure the safety of the general public until a vaccine is released.