On February 26, Prime Minister Abe called for sporting and cultural events scheduled in the next two weeks to be cancelled, postponed or other measures taken in relation to the novel coronavirus. The Japan Association of Classical Music Presenters take this demand seriously, and acknowledge the inevitability of large-scale postponements or cancellations of the performances scheduled in the next two weeks.
In principle, the decision whether to carry out the performances, to cancel or postpone them is up to the member companies. However if they were to carry out the performances we promise to ensure thorough safety measures and communicate these efforts to the audience.
For the performances organized by the member companies of the Japan Association of Classical Music Presenters, we are already checking that the staff do not have any symptoms of a cold such as fever, coughing, and lethargy, and they all wash hands and use sanitizers. Moreover, staff at the reception desk will be wearing masks as a general rule.
As for the audience attending the performances at the venues, we are taking the following measures:
• Request cooperation from the members of the audience who have symptoms of a cold such as fever, coughing, and lethargy, to refrain from coming to the venue.
• Request cooperation from the members of the audience who have symptoms of coughing to wear masks.
• Encourage everyone to wash/sanitize their hands, etc.
As for the performance venues, we will be taking measures such as requesting the venues to disinfect and ventilate the halls, and increase the number of sanitizers.
We will also inform the artists, ensembles and orchestras coming to Japan from overseas that the Japanese performance venues and organizers are taking maximum preventative measures against the virus.
The Japan Association of Classical Music Presenters will continue to cooperate with cultural organizations such as the Association of Japanese Symphony Orchestras, and under the instructions of the relevant organizations, continue to work tirelessly to create a performance environment that causes no unrest for the audience and artists.
Lastly, the Japan Association of Classical Music Presenters pay our deepest condolences for those who have lost their lives to the infection in Japan and overseas, as well as their bereaved families, and hope for a speedy recovery for those who have been infected.
February 28, 2020
Japan Association of Classical Music Presenters