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A Government spokesman said today (November 24) that the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will implement a further anti-epidemic measure at its performance venues from November 30. If performers are not able to wear masks during a performance with a live audience, they must take a Government-recognised coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) test 72 hours prior to their performance. They can only participate in the performance after they have obtained a negative test result in order to protect audiences.
A spokesperson for the Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) said today (September 8) that the $150 million Arts and Culture Sector Subsidy Scheme, which was established under the Anti-epidemic Fund, has disbursed subsidies to the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC), nine major performing arts groups, the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society, 34 grantees of the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme, 14 venue partners of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Le French May, and tenants of the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre and of the arts space under the HKADC, to assist them to tackle the difficulties arising from the COVID-19 epidemic.
In view of the impact of the New Coronary Pneumonia Epidemic since the Lunar New Year, the Government ’s Epidemic Prevention and Anti-epidemic Fund allocated an additional $ 50 million in resources to the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (Arts Development Council) "Arts and Culture Support Scheme" to support cancellation or indefinite extension After the local arts and cultural activities lost their jobs and the affected art workers and arts groups, alleviated the financial difficulties faced by the arts and cultural circles. The ADC has started accepting applications since March 20. There is no deadline for the application until the full amount of subsidies provided by the Home Affairs Bureau is released or notified separately.
In view of the seriousness of the global epidemic, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council will extend the impact of the extended support program for two more months, that is, from the original January 29 to April 30, 2020 to June 30, and the original funding.
A spokesperson for the Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) said today (April 30) that the $150 million Arts and Culture Sector Subsidy Scheme, which was established under the Anti-epidemic Fund (AEF) to assist the arts and culture sector to sail through the difficulties arising from COVID-19, has disbursed about $100 million so far to relevant organisations to assist various arts groups and freelance arts workers.
The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Lau Kong-wah, visited the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) today (April 16) to understand the work of the HKADC in implementing the "Support Scheme for Arts and Cultural Sector".