Panic not an option as David Walsh closes Mona

Mona founder David Walsh has announced his world renowned venue in Hobart will close as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic.

Walsh issued a statement posing the question “What do you do when you’re trying to predict something that can’t be predicted?”

“Panic may be a legitimate option, but as someone who holds a level of responsibility to the staff and the community, that option isn’t open to me,” he stated.

“At this point, with some governments enforcing mass closures due to COVID-19, and the Australian Government seeking to limit contact between individuals, Mona faces a dilemma. Taken as a whole, is Mona being operational a net service to the community? Spoiler alert: the answer, as far as I’m concerned, is no.

“Preventing people interacting prevents many unlikely infections, but unlikely infections add up.

“Is there a consequence of closing Mona that I can’t foresee, but nevertheless does harm? I don’t know, but I’m closing Mona. I’m closing it, without certainty and with some loss of pride, but I’m closing it.”

The latest announcement follows Walsh’s decision to cancel this year’s Dark Mofo festival which was to be held in Launceston.