, Lockdowns have ‘absolutely devastated’ the arts sector, Nzuchi Times

Lockdowns have ‘absolutely devastated’ the arts sector

, Lockdowns have ‘absolutely devastated’ the arts sector, Nzuchi Times

Dance Arts Alliance Chair Mike Harrison-Lamond says the coronavirus pandemic has devastated the arts sector and blasted the Victorian government’s “lack of understanding” in classifying dance studios as indoor recreation facilities. Restrictions still remain in place for gyms, amusement parks, dance studios and nightclubs despite the state government opting to lift the circuit breaker lockdown. Mr Harrison-Lamond has criticised the double standard and says dance studios have been compliant since the beginning of the pandemic. “The impact of COVID has been absolutely devastating for the last 15 months,” he told Sky News. “The Victorian government doesn’t understand our business, which is why they categorised us as an ‘indoor recreation facility’. “The problem is that in Metro Melbourne at the moment, you can go into the pub with 49 other people and get drunk, but a child can’t go to a dance class. “We’ve been compliant throughout this whole process with meeting our quotients and making sure we have COVID-safe plans – we were one of the first industries to actually implement those … that’s counted for nothing with the Victorian government.”

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