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L-Acoustics suspends onsite operations in UK, France, Germany and Singapore

The French loudspeaker giant says its North American offices in California will remain open this week

L-Acoustics has suspended onsite operation in France, German, Singapore and the UK in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The French loudspeaker confirmed last night (March16) that onsite operations would be suspended in France (Marcoussis, Keskastel, Amboise), Germany (Weden), the UK (London) and Singapore. It did, however, state that its offices in California would remain open this week ‘to deliver finished goods and service orders while respecting local public health and safety guideline’.

The statement issued by L-Acoustics also outlined its commitment to staff safety by implementing a work-from-home policy and confirming that, for the foreseeable future, it will be maintaining its entire workforce’s full employment and salaries.

While all onsite training activities have ben cancelled, L-Acoustics is preparing a series of free online webinars, covering topics such as L-ISA, line source optimisation, AVB and P1/M1, which will be announced over the coming days.

In addition, the company is cancelling all non-essential travel but stressed that its sales and application support team will be available globally via phone and email.

The coronavirus outbreak continues to take an unprecedented toll on the pro audio community. Over the past two weeks, major trade shows such as Prolight+Sound and NAB have been forced to cancel, while widespread tour and event cancellations continue to raise questions over what the weeks and months ahead will hold in store for the industry.

Last week, music industry trade association UK Music called on the government to ensure grassroots music venues are protected from the ramifications of the outbreak, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday advised the public to avoid bars, clubs, pubs and restaurants, with out forcing proprietors to close their doors. According to the latest figures from the Music Venue Trust, grassroots music venues are already suffering a 27 per cent downturn in attendances. The Association of Independent Festivals also reported that ticket sales for its members are down on average by 44 per cent since the outbreak.