KUALA LUMPUR, 13 March 2020 – Arts, Live Festivals and Events Association (ALIFE) today urges all its members and industry players to scale back on all events in March and April or proceed with the highest caution to ensure public health and safety.
“The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, with its rapid progress beginning in January this year is felt by everyone, particularly the tourism, business and live events industries which is worth RM50 billion in Malaysia. The first half of the year looks glum for the industry. However, health and safety of the public is of utmost importance and thus we are taking the proactive stance to advocate for industry players to bite the bullet and cancel or postpone events in March and April. If they are to proceed, scale down to below 500 and take extra measures to ensure public health and safety,”
Rizal Kamal, President of ALIFE.
A number of large events have been cancelled or postponed to-date such as Disney On Ice, Rockaway and dozens of concerts. For events that continue to be carried out, ALIFE proposed strict health check protocol such as providing sanitation of contact surfaces, provision of hand sanitizers; strict temperature check and declaration of travel.
To date, local authorities have yet to issue a mandate to limit the organization of events.
“We currently have the first sporadic case of Covid-19 which makes tracing difficult. We hope by taking a proactive measure to contain the virus, we can all ride the storm and start working on rebuilding businesses by June onwards. If we can contain the virus within the next month, we can all move on with our lives and go back to business.”
Countries that have issued a ban on public events and gathering include Sweden, France, Italy, Iran, Switzerland and multiple cities across the US.
ALIFE was formed in 2016 with the objective to promote and encourage positive growth in the Malaysian arts, life events and festivals industry by improving industry regulations, creating best practices and code of conduct.
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