New rules and regulations announced relating to outdoor events
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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