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How should an organisation like Shetland Arts respond to the current public health crisis? We need to take a holistic view to the health and wellbeing of our staff, participants, performers and customers.

We need to stay abreast of the latest advice and recommendations from the NHS and Health Protection Scotland. We need to work with promoters and event organisers to support them in making whatever decision they feel is right for their organisation and audiences. We need to work with all our stakeholders to understand what the impact may be on our organisation and our communities and how we may best contribute to ensuring the right decisions are made.

Until we are told otherwise Shetland Arts will remain open. We will continue to screen amazing films from all across the world and we will continue to host great events and exhibitions. We will be introducing certain steps over the next few days to make it possible for you to choose to still attend our venues but perhaps opt to leave more space between yourselves and others.

As we move from contain to delay I would urge everyone to be gentle with each other, this is a time of concern and anxiety, staying calm and dealing in facts is the best way through this. The more we can do to support each other as friends, neighbours and colleagues the more robust and resilient our communities will be. Our thoughts are with those who are dealing with this in a direct way, health care professionals, those who have been diagnosed or are self isolating, their families and friends.

See you all soon



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