Covid 19 impact

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We want to keep you updated of any news related to the impact of Covid 19 virus on our industry.

In addition to the reports of our global members we added quotes from  the European organization Liveurope.  We will update the summary from time to time.

Our member MMF Switzerland provided the following info. Many thanks to Stefan  Schurter dated on 13.03.2020

Federal Council tightens measures against coronavirus to protect health and supports affected industries

In order to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Switzerland and to protect the population and healthcare services, the Federal Council decided on further measures at its meeting on 13 March 2020: It bans events with more than 100 people with immediate effect and until the end of April. Restaurants, bars and discotheques may only accommodate a maximum of 50 people. This will make it easier to keep the mutual distance. No lessons may be held at the schools on site until 4 April. Entry from Italy is restricted. The Federal Council is also making up to CHF 10 billion available as emergency aid to cushion the economic impact of the pandemic quickly and unbureaucratically.

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Leelo Letha, MMF Estonia, provided the following info dated on 13.03.2020

The government of Estonia also declared a state of emergency due to the pandemic spread of coronavirus in the world and the likely spread of the virus within Estonia. Unless the government decides otherwise, the state of emergency will be in effect until 1 May 2020. Changes in the way of life also affect cultural life, public events are not allowed. According to the government’s decision, museums, cinemas and performances, sports events, concerts and conferences will be closed to visitors from today until May 1.

Boyan Rober Pinter from MMF Bulgaria provided the following info dated on 13.03.2020:
State of Emergency just declared in Bulgaria.  All bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants are to close immediately. Events have been cancelled en mass. Parliament decreed a closure of at least one month until 14.4.2020. Only pharmacies and grocery stores are to remain open, with a strict one-in on-out entrance policy keeping a distance of 2 meters between clients at the cash register.

I suppose that all other EU countries will follow suit with the EU council meeting’s decision that took place yesterday.  Stay strong!

Our member Diana Lakus from Croatia provided the following info dated on 11.03.2020:
sending prayers & support to the most affected ones like my dear neighbour Katia (MMF Italy)- Croatia banned all public events & gatherings above 1000 people
– Istria part (closest to Italy) canceled everything, closed schools & public spaces like libraries, cinemas, venues, cultural centers…
– travel restrictions: any foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, from narrowly defined COVID-19 affected areas are mandated to spend 14 days in quarantine, including China, Italy, Germany: County of Heinsberg in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, South Korea: the city of Daegu and the County of Cheongdo, Iran + monitored entrances from Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore

Jeasper Krol, MMF Denmark, provided the following info dated on 12.03.2020:
Last night Danish government upscaled the covid-19 crises to a regular National lock-down in terms of all public workers, parts of Danish Parliament, all schools, night clubs/bars and even cinemas etc.

Event audience limit is now 100 so effectively far most of all events will be cancelled. Prior to this the audience limit was legally only suggestive/recommendations, but it is expected to be changed today to proper prohibition by law by the government. 

We will follow up when anything new happens here.

Sandra Walkenhofer from MMF Austria, provided the following info dated on 12.03.2020:

Lock Down in Austria!  – no concerts, theatre, museum …. schools and universities are closing down.

It seems like there are possibilities to help some artists with the loss of income, fingers crossed.

Keep you posted, hang in there!

Catharine Haridy from AAM Australia provided the following info on 13.03.2020:

 
MUSIC AND HOSPITALITY SECTORS CALL FOR URGENT SUPPORT The livelihoods of musicians, songwriters and those that work in the live music and hospitality sectors must be considered as part of the Australian Government’s response to the worsening COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of music industry organisations and hospitality groups have said.

From local pubs, hotels and clubs to major concert arenas, festivals and arts centres, there are over 4000 live music venues across the nation. Each of these venues is a workplace for musicians and the thousands of hospitality workers who derive an income from a thriving live entertainment economy.

The economic stimulus package for households and business announced by the Australian Government yesterday is to be welcomed. However, as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis continues to worsen and with risk advice likely on large public gatherings, the Federal and State governments must work with the sector to ensure the small businesses, musicians and workers in this sector remain viable.

The coalition includes APRA , AMCOS, ARIA, Australian Hotels Association, PPCA, Live Performance Australia, Australian Music Industry Network, Australian Festivals Association, AIR, Australian Artist Managers and the Live Music Office. The live music, festivals, events and hospitality sector are integral to the nation’s tourism industry, bringing economic and community wellbeing to towns, city centres and regions across the country. Each year, APRA AMCOS distributes on average over $10 million each year to local artists for the performance of their songs at live concerts and live music events. The potential loss of this income will represent a huge blow if live events are further disrupted.

Australian hotels employ more than 250,000 people and host over 300,000 nights of live entertainment annually. Live Performance Australia data found that in 2017 over 23 million Australians attended live events with over $1.88 billion generated through ticket sales.

In the short term, live events and the hospitality sector should be part of any stimulus or grants package. In the longer term, government needs to consider a broad-based approach, such as a tax offset, to ensure the live music and performance sector can revive and recover from events of the last twelve months.

The coalition also call on all levels of government to ensure that the bushfire, flood and drought recovery work continues to get live venues and live events back on their feet in the impacted regions. This will be critical not just for community spirit but to help encourage tourism, visitation and spend.

The coalition will work together to support the music ecosystem over this difficult period, to ensure the health and well-being of our artists, managers, promoters, hospitality workers and broader industry.

Our friends from Liveurope provided the following info dated on 12.03.2020
Jorge Nieto Village Underground, London, UK:
We have been told to carry on, no ban on events.  They say it will come but at the “right time”  so for now business as usual for us I guess, basically keep calm and carry on ..  carefully… Things might change quickly next week.   

Carina Sava, MMF Romania, provided the following info dated on 11.03.2020:
We have been told to carry on, no ban on events.  They say it will come but at the “right time”  so for now business as usual for us I guess, basically keep calm and carry on ..  carefully… Things might change quickly next week. 

Our friends from Liveurope provided the following info dated on 14.03.2020 Nick Drozg, Kinosiska, Solwenia
The whole building of Kino Šiška (including the cafe / bar and the dislocated unit of DobraVaga Gallery) has now closed, the government (we just got a new one yesterday evening) has officially declared an epidemic a few days ago.  Lockdown…..

Our friends from Liveurope provided the following info dated on 14.03.2020 Naiara Apolo,  Sala Apolo, Barcelona, Catalonia
We shut down on Thursday, and from today we are housebound, only supermarkets and pharmacies are open, and all Catalan borders closed (we are now independents!). This may last for a month…  Tip: buy a lot of milk and WC paper, these were the first things that shops run out of!!! May the force be with u all ❤  

Our friends from Liveurope provided the following info dated on 14.03.2020 Micke Lindevall, Debaser,  Stockholm, Sweden
Sweden still has the 500 ban. But we canceled/postponed most of our shows in March and it continues in to April. Every tour get canceled, and now you can’t get through Denmark to Sweden. the American artists fly home. We feel bad being open as we face this situation. But now we need the government to shut us down. Then we can claim Force Majeure and our insurance policy could kick in. Debaser signed two open letters that went out yesterday to the Swedish government. We try to suggest ways how the Swedish government could step in and save and support the cultural sector  

Dita Abola, MMF Latvia, provided the following info dated on 13.03.2020 Latvia has declared state of emergency until Easter. All cultural education, sports and hobby group activities, such as practice, competition and rehearsals have been put on hold. As of 13 March all public events, gatherings, processions and protests bigger than 200 people are cancelled or banned. Also all face-to-face education process has been halted in all education facilities, and all the events in educational facilities and museums and libraries too, they are closed.  
Our friends from Liveurope provided the following info dated on 13.03.2020 Kurt Overbergh, Ancienne Belgique, Brusels, Belgium All bars and restaurants here closed as well from midnight tonight. All unnecessary shop too. Black metal shops stay open. 😊 Keep up the good spirit. Hard times for all of us.    

Our friends from Liveurope provided the following info dated on 13.03.2020 Ditte Sig Kramer, Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Just to let you know – The Danish borders are now closed and no one without a legit purpose i DK are allowed to get in to DK. This is for one month from now! I’m speechless…  

Our friends from Liveurope provided the following info dated on 12.03.2020 Sten Ove Toft, Bla, Oslo, Norway
Changing the laws by the hour here. 18:00 o’clock today Norway enforced a TOTAL ban on all public events, no matter what capacity until the 26th of March. Added Bonus: Everyone that has been outside the Nordic territory after the 27th February, have to go in a 14 day quarantine. 

Our friends from Liveurope provided the following info dated on 12.03.2020 Geert van Itallie, Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
We now have a max cap of 100 until the end of the month, so we have to close also. Now it’s done. Aeronef closed the doors to the middle or end of April cause now the maximum capacity for an event is 100.

Our friends from Liveurope provided the following info dated on 13.03.2020 Marcus Carbon,Aeronef, Lille, France
Now it’s done. Aeronef closed the doors to the middle or end of April cause now the maximum capacity for an event is 100. So. I’ll wash my hands and i’ll make some gin to celebrate with you the next Europe day meeting, cause hopefully we’ll all be full open again.   

Katia Giampaolo, MMF Italy, provided the following info dated on 13.03.2020
The situation here is very critical. Complete lock down. They will announce some extra finance from the government very soon, something related to the music industry too (unbelievable). Every venue has been closed in Italy from day 1 (Feb 24th). Not only big venues but also the smaller ones. Everything has been shut down, so far until April 3rd but we know it can longer. I hope this alert won’t affect also the summer season.    

Our friends from Liveurope provided the following info dated on 13.03.2020 Pedro Azevedo. Musicbox, Lisbon,Portugal
Quick update: we now have a total ban on venues and discotheques regardless their capacity. Restaurants reduced to 1/3 of they cap.  Much love to you all

Olivier Toth; MMF Luxembourg, provided the following info dated on 13.03.2020
Changing in Lux right now, all events with 100 or more are prohibited, no deadline has been announced. All my best wishes to all of you

Our member Weining Hung from Taiwan provided the following info dated on 13.03.2020
Manila just announced community lock down last night. 


Peter Blazek from MMF Czech provided the following info dated on 12.03.2020
The Czech Republic on Thursday declared a state of emergency and barred travelers from 15 countries as the coronavirus spreads across Europe. No concerts or any events with more than 30 people. Pubs and restaurants will have to close by 8pm. Schools, gyms, swimming pools, and libraries, among other public spaces, will be closed for at least 30 days. Foreigners will not be able to enter the Czech Republic from Germany and Austria this Saturday. The Interior Ministry will stop issuing all visas until further notice. Tomorrow is first meeting of independent associations and Minister of Culture about impact to whole Czech music industry. stay safe and healthy everybody!    

Our friends from Liveurope provided the following info dated on 11.03.2020 Suszanna Bende, A38, Budapest, Hungary
In Hungary the government today decided to ban events which would hold more than 100 people… Thanks for your attention and support. Good luck for this mess to everyone. But more importantly stay safe.  

Jim Lawless, MMF Ireland provided the following info dated on 11.03.2020
As it stands in Ireland there’s no restrictions however this will most likely change this week   

Patricia Hermida, MMF Spain provided the following info dated on 11.03.2020
Currently the situation in Spain is this: all events/concerts under 1000 pax must be cancelled. This is measure for all country. Only in Madrid, all the events below 1000 pax must be reduced to 1/3 of the capacity (F.e. from a venue with 900 pax of capacity the new capacity is 300 pax). But venues are cancelling anyway the shows. Madrid is the main focus of the virus and Goverment recommends not to go out/into the community. Barcelona is cancelling a lot of shows too.  Festivals until April are cancelling/relocate dates for later.  

Our IMMF member Weining Hung from Taiwan provided the following info dated on 12.03.2020
We have very strict regulation in Taiwan. For larger events which is above 5000, they are almost all cancelled.  Even for 100/300/500 cap, the performances need to get extra permit- if the venue can guarantee that distance among people will be above 1 Meter, and the air circulation, etc. So basically all the indoor gigs are postponed or cancelled.  With entrance into almost all public buildings, ie. hospitals, banks, schools, etc, you all require to get temperature test. You will be denied entrance above 37.4c.  There are few levels for entrance restrictions and it is changing every day.  Entrance denied: China  Self guarantee for 14 days: Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Italy, Iran (flights stopped) Self- health management for 14 days: Japan, Singapore, Netherlands, German, France, Spain, Swiss, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Austria.(instruction self-health management as attached) In general, it is very bad time touring.  We just cancelled more than hundred flight tickets in the past two weeks. Some are refundable and some are not:(   

Our member org AMA, France, Didier Zerath provided on 12.0332020
France is following in Italy’s footsteps…                        

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