THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch government is considering a big plan to test ow live events will consume in a country where big events and concerts are taking place annually. An evening at the cinema, an afternoon at the football stadium or attending a conference. If it is up to the event industry, this will be possible again soon.
State Secretary Keijzer of Economic Affairs agreed under strict conditions to trials in test situations at football matches, concerts and cinema visits, from mid-January. But the pilots should only continue in regions where the risk level is 1, that is, vigilant. That is nowhere the case yet.
Starting as of January visitors must be able to show proof of a negative corona test. They must also complete a health declaration within 24 hours before the event and are obliged to cooperate with a temperature measurement or a rapid test at the entrance upon request. Αll visitors are obliged to avoid contact with vulnerable groups for two weeks after visiting an event.
This is supposed to happen in case the area of the event is levelled as risk-1 area as now most Dutch regions are levelled rik-3 and 4.
In the Ziggo Dome concert hall, two such tests are in the pipeline, organized by Mojo and ID&T.
“We are working with the organizers on a safe pop concert and dance event. With, as it looks now, 1300 people. That means that visitors are divided into five groups that do not come into contact with each other. They all have their own bar and toilet group. For example, we ask one bubble to wear a face mask and not the other. In this way we want to map out the behaviour, but also test people’s experiences,” said Tim Boersma of Fieldlab.
In addition to the concerts, there are plans to organize a theatre performance for 250 people in the Beatrix Theater in Utrecht. And around the corner, in Jaarbeurs Utrecht, will be experimented with a business conference.
The events industry says it has worked hard on the plans, in collaboration with research institute TNO and TU Delft.
“Of course we would have preferred to start with these pilot events tomorrow, but we also see what is going on,” responds program team manager Pieter Lubberts of Fieldlab after the conversation with the State Secretary.
According to the industry, the tests are not only important for visitors but also the sector to keep afloat. The events sector claims to be good for a turnover of 7.4 billion under normal circumstances. Moreover, if the perspective is not forthcoming, more than a hundred thousand jobs are at risk.
In Leipzig, Germany, a concert was organized with thousands of people in August, during which a medical university mapped the behaviour and movements of visitors. There, too, various scenarios were tested: from an ordinary concert to an event with strict corona measures.