Penang govt releases guidelines to reopen arts, cultural spaces

GEORGE TOWN (BERNAMA) – The Penang government released a set of guidelines to reopen arts and cultural spaces, emphasising on social distancing and other public health requirements mandated by the federal and state governments.

In a statement yesterday, Penang Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the Public Health Safety Operations Guidelines for Arts and Culture Spaces comprise key considerations to help arts and culture organisations make decisions on operations and programming during the COVID- 19 pandemic.

According to Yeoh, the guidelines are key considerations to help arts and culture organisations decide on these while the pandemic persists. “The arts and culture sector are among the most affected by the COVID-19 crisis, with many public events and activities cancelled or postponed due to the Movement Control Order (MCO). So far Penang is the first state in Malaysia which has come out with these guidelines,” he said.

He said the guidelines were not intended to be exhaustive or comprehensive in scope and not every consideration will apply to every organisation.

“We encourage arts and culture organisations and practitioners to use these guidelines as a foundation for their plans and adapt to their specific needs in implementing mandatory public health guidelines,” he said.

Jalan Dato Keramat in George Town, Penang. PHOTO: BERNAMA