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People should keep attending gigs, Live Performance Australia says

Australia’s peak body for live music and performing arts says it’s safe to attend gigs and people should continue to support the industry amid outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Live Performance Australia chief executive Evelyn Richardson said they are taking the advice of the country’s chief medical officer Brendan Murphy.

“At this stage, the advice of the Commonwealth’s chief medical officer is that there is no material risk associated with attending a public gathering,” Ms Richardson said.

“Obviously, people who have been in COVID-19 affected countries, or have had contact with a confirmed case or are unwell should stay away from public gatherings, but otherwise it should be safe to attend.

“We’ll continue to follow that advice, and many of our live performance events are proceeding on that basis, including upcoming festivals such as Bluesfest.

“If and when the official advice changes, we will work closely with health authorities to respond to their advice.”

Ms Richardson said she was aware of decisions to cancel or postpone events in Australia and overseas.

“Each promoter or event organiser will need to make a decision on their event and circumstances and we respect those decisions, although we will always start from the position of what the official health advice says.

“It remains safe to attend a live performance, and I encourage all Australians to continue to make the most of our dynamic, diverse and vibrant live performance sector.”

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