Statement of the board regarding the Mr Rubber Italia 2020 event in the light of the Italian government anti-COVID-19 published March 4th, 2020
Milan, March 5th 2020
Dear members and friends,
These latest weeks have been for us Italian an unexpected and uneasy period: the spread of the COVID-19 in our country with such dimension has unexpectedly and in some way profoundly changed our everyday life.
The directives enacted by the Italian government from the end of February 2020, with the goals of containing the proliferation and spreading of the COVID-19 especially in the regions of Lombardy and Veneto, had us on alert for our next event, the Mr Rubber Italia 2020 election weekend of March 27th, 28th, 29th in Milan, without providing enough elements to be fully able to take an informed decision regarding the event.
Yesterday evening (March 4th), the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, issued a decree with new dispositions for the entire national territory and with the aim of reducing the probability and opportunity for the virus to further spread. Such dispositions are effective immediately and will last until April 3rd included.
Article 1 letter b) of the decree suspends “[…] all events […] of any nature, […] that will take place in any place, public or private, which involving crowding of people that do not allow compliance with the interpersonal safety distance of at least one meter […]”.
The board of Leather Friends Italia in common agreement with the board of Leather Club Roma, co-organizer of the Mr Rubber Italia title, communicate the cancellation of the weekend that should have taken place in Milan in the days of the 27th, 28th and 29th of March 2020 and moves the election of the Mr Rubber Italia 2020 at a later date to be defined following the evolution of the situation in the next weeks.
The board believe appropriate to thank the candidates, members, friends, partners, and sponsors and in particular:
the clubs Depot, Company and Hot Dog, and the bar NoLo.So in Milan to which we are close in these difficult weeks,
our sponsors Latexskin, Meo, Maskulo, René Zuiderveld, Darklands, Libidex who have all kindly offered prizes for the winner and first runner-up.
Thank you all,
The board of Leather Friends Italia