New rules and regulations announced relating to outdoor events

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New rules and regulations announced relating to outdoor events

Michael Farrugia together with Arts Council Malta and major stakeholders announce the new law and regulations relating to outdoor events in unlicensed venues

The Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Michael Farrugia, together with Arts Council Malta and major stakeholders, has announced the new amended law and regulations relating to outdoor events in unlicensed venues.

They explained that with these amendments, it is no longer necessary for organisers to pay a bank guarantee for outdoor venues covering 750 square metres or less.

In cases where the venue covers more than 750 square metres, the bank guarantee has been reduced to €5,000.

Minister Farrugia said that equipment that measures noise will be purchased and a law will be drafted accordingly.

They said that the amendments to the Maintenance of Good order at Places of Entertainments Regulations were introduced to include the possibility of hosting outdoor events in unlicensed venues.

Minister Farrugia said that he worked together with the artists and the Malta Police Force to “amend the existing regulations in the artists’ interest.”

“This will create a compromise between artists, that want to express their talent, and citizens,” said Minister Farrugia.

Arts Council Malta Executive Chair Albert Marshall stated “this is only the first step in the Council’s long-term plan to create more artist-friendly procedures and continue championing the professionalisation of the cultural and creative sectors in line with the Council’s vision for 2020.”

Photograph: DOI/Clodagh Farrugia O’Neill

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    1. anthony zammit says:

      When I saw the title I was hoping that there would be a law prohibiting organizing events especially fund raising in arterial roads such as Triq Enrico Mizzi which caused a Mayhem when it was closed for Hotspurs activities, and triq ir-Republika for both Astra and Aurora activities.

      Our fathers had copied other countries and created squares for such occasions but these too, (most of them) we have changed them into open restaurants and Bars.

      These laws have to come from The Minister for Home Affairs and National Security and not from the Minister of Gozo who inherited many sins from previous Ministers which she cannot heal! These three roads should never be closed at least for a couple of hours for the procession to pass through, Carnival parade and so on but not erect a stage and block with chairs for days!. We have St Augustine (it-Tomb Sq) square which is excellent for no thoroughfare crosses the square. We have it-Tokk Square and for massive concerts we can use Ta’ Xhajma Race Horse Track. Why not? Clean the center lawn, place the band at one end and cars can even park on the track and we have another Fossos tal-Furjana in Gozo.(Much Better) A % from entry could go towards the betterment of such Horse Track especially more toilets for such events. The area is.roughly 385 meters long with 175 meters wide. If I calculated right the long side of the Fosos is the same as the small width of ta’ Xhajma

      The traffic in Gozo cannot have these roads closed again. It is a disaster. Tourists write about this immoral practice. I think that as often happens it will cease when the Emergency and Ambulance could not reach the patient in time because of the road blockage and someone important died, then we will not close these main roads anymore.

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