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Multi-day events with overnight stays cancelled in Netherlands until 1 September

Christian Fernsby |
Following consultations with the events industry, the Netherlands government is extending the ban on all multi-day events until 31 August 2021.

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The ban applies to multi-day events that include overnight stays, for which visitors would have required a coronavirus entry pass. Organising multi-day events safely and responsibly is complex. Industry representatives themselves state that this is currently not feasible for multi-day events planned in the second half of August.

Due to the existing logistic challenges (availability of sufficient staff, arrangements with suppliers, organising tests), organisers needed a clear decision now – any further delay was undesirable.

It is, however, not possible to accurately predict epidemiological developments between now and 14 August and which precautionary measures, if any, would be necessary at multi-day events after that date. The government therefore decided to extend the ban on multi-day events involving overnight stays.

On 13 August the government will make a decision on one-day events due to take place between 14 August and 1 September, based on advice from the Outbreak Management Team (OMT).

Organisers of multi-day events with overnight stays that were planned between 14 August and 1 September can apply for financial compensation under the credit guarantee scheme for events or the supplementary compensation scheme for events. The maximum grant available under the guarantee scheme was recently increased to 100% of the incurred costs.


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