Demand Arts Centre Melbourne cancel all events this weekend due to coronavirus risks.

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Arts Centre Melbourne has announced that all their events will be held as normal despite the growing public health threat of coronavirus.

With the cancellation of Melbourne’s Grand Prix which expected 300,000 visitors, it is socially irresponsible for the Arts Centre events to proceed. We’re asking all these events to get postponed or cancelled. Waiting until Monday to cancel events is simply too late to take action. 

I’ve got tickets to New Order this Saturday and night and have waited years and years to see them. I’m sad to miss out as I will not go and risk my own health (I take immunosuppressants). But it is simply reckless to go ahead with such events while the coronavirus is just about to spread faster and wider. 

This statement released on Friday 13th March from Arts Centre Melbourne:

”Arts Centre Melbourne events and performances to continue as scheduled tonight and this weekend

Arts Centre Melbourne has today announced all scheduled performance and events will continue over the weekend of 13–15 March, based on the health recommendation provided to the states and territories at COAG today.

Scheduled performances and events include: New Order (Sidney Myer Music Bowl; 14 March); The Australian Ballet’s VOLT (State Theatre, 13–14 March); Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Scheherazade (Hamer Hall, 13–14 March); Melbourne Theatre Company’s Torch The Place (Fairfax Studio; 13–14 March); and SAIGON as part of Asia TOPA (Playhouse; 13–15 March), among others. A full performance calendar is available here.

“The decision today to continue all scheduled performances over the weekend is made in line with the Prime Minister’s recommendation at today’s COAG meeting that from Monday 16 March mass gatherings of more than 500 people cease.

“This means events and performances will go ahead as planned for this evening, Saturday and Sunday,” said Claire Spencer, Chief Executive Officer of Arts Centre Melbourne.

“At every point of this developing situation we have followed the advice of government and health authorities and this decision is no different.

“Over the weekend we will an update on our programming over the following weeks.”