28.10.2021 9:56 | Press Release
The capital city of Prague, in its sixteen cultural organizations, guarantees compliance with anti-civic measures. With regard to the growing number of covid-19 diseases, all cultural organizations established in Prague confirm that they consistently control vaccinations or tests and the wearing of respirators by their spectators.
At the same time, Prague, which has been the most painful to date with anti-epidemic measures in culture and tourism, warns that other planned measures should not discriminate against those viewers and cultural organizers who responsibly prevent the spread of covid-19. Councilor Hana Třeštíková also calls on cultural actors and visitors to show that cultural experiences are in terms of epidemics and thus ensure their cultural institutions by sharing their photos from theaters, galleries or concerts on social networks with the hashtag #nezavirejkulturu.
All ten city theaters, the Gallery and the Museum of the Capital m of Prague, the National Cultural Monument Vyšehrad, the Municipal Library, or the Planetarium of the Capital m Prague checks at the entrance with the help of the Dot application whether the spectators are equipped with a test or have undergone vaccination. The use of spirals indoors is also checked. Representatives of cultural organizations are convinced that, once these tools are available and used, it would not be appropriate to jeopardize the very existence of these organizations with new restrictions. No further compensation can be expected, thanks to which the previous waves of the pandemic have survived.
“We do not want to let culture down again, like all those who have lost their income in a few months since the beginning of the pandemic. The capital wants to be a guarantee and a guarantee that in all our contributory organizations we pay close attention to compliance with all measures to prevent the spread of the disease. That is why we can say with a clear conscience that culture is not only safe in our country, “says Hana Třeštíková, Councilor for Culture, adding:” We want to show together with cultural actors and visitors that use.”
In order to support this manifesto, Prague will collect anonymized data in its cultural contributory organizations for several weeks and monitor the number of visitors vaccinated, tested or recovered from the disease. This information will serve the city and people who may have doubts about the safety of visits to cultural institutions, but also for possible negotiations with the new management of the Ministry of Culture and Health.
“Since May of this year, when they opened the doors and music halls, the cultural industries have been trying to get back on their feet. Some theaters canceled the summer theater holidays to compensate for the loss of income, we all had to be modest and use our strength to cope with this unfavorable situation for culture. It would be a great pity to cut off all these efforts again, ”says Daniel Přibyl, director of the Municipal Theaters of Prague.
The Association of Independent Theaters of the Czech Republic and the Czech Music Community also join the initiative of Prague’s cultural contributory organizations. “Unestablished theater organizations associated in our association have been adhering to anti-epidemic measures since the first moment when it was under their restrictions to allow spectators to enter the theater. We also strictly adhere to the necessary measures throughout the pandemic, including repeated regular testing of our employees. Our work, including its results itself, is not possible if a single team member often drops out, which is why I am more consistent in these measures than other sectors. Theaters can control their spectators well, record them, keep the distance in the auditorium and from the stage, and are a place that poses no danger to the spread of the disease. This has also been demonstrated in all published dissemination surveys. Culture is very safe if current measures are followed. Its possible further restrictions cause significant problems for the entire sector, regardless of financial losses and the need for subsidies from public finances, ”explains Štěpán Kubišta, director of the Jatka 78 theater and vice-chairman of the Association of Independent Theaters of the Czech Republic.
“Audiences are the key to music, as it is to other sectors. We need and want to play for people and ideally halls, so it is important for us to ensure safety for the audience in all respects. I believe that, with recent experience, we will be able to secure action. I appeal to the mutual respect between the audience and the organizers, we all have a common thing: to enjoy performances as part of the measures, whether in classical or popular music, “says Jakub Nový, the chairman of the Czech Music Association.
“If we want to enjoy culture as before the covid, we need to approach a specific operation that requires the current situation. I do not see the use of disinfection, wearing respirators or drapes and proving infectivity as a limitation, but as a privilege of contributions, which ensures our safe functioning and I am glad that I can stand up for it, “adds Hana Třeštíková.
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