The following is a statement issued by the collective representing many of Canada’s festival and event organizers, as per the coronavirus being expanded from epidemic to pandemic on March 11 by the World Health Org.
The Canadian Live Music Association is working closely with its membership to ensure that concert producers across the country are armed with up-to-date, fact-based information on the COVID-19 outbreak and how best to ensure that fans and artists alike are able to continue bringing people together while prioritizing public health and safety. Working with public health authorities and resources, CLMA members are able to assess any risks associated with their events and respond accordingly.
“Canada’s concert promoters and festivals are in the process of educating patrons as to appropriate hygiene protocols, leveraging guidance and resources currently available to mitigate risk, and are ready to respond further and as necessary in partnership with government health authorities. Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our artists, fans, and employees,” says Erin Benjamin, President & CEO. "We are monitoring the situation closely."
The CLMA states that it will continue to update its membership and other stakeholders as new information is made available.