The Dutch government has decided to extend the ban on events lasting longer than 24 hours until at least September 1, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced on Monday. The goal is to prevent a new outbreak of Covid-19 cases.
The government believes that it is currently “not responsible“to allow these kinds of events to be held because of the logistical difficulty of testing visitors every 24 hours during a festival. This decision was taken” “in consultation with the event industry “, said the Prime Minister. Festival organizers can claim compensation for costs already incurred.
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The ban on holding events longer than 24 hours was originally scheduled to end on August 13. The decision of the Dutch government to extend this ban therefore leads to the cancellation of internationally recognized festivals such as “Lowlands”, “Mysterylands” and “Down the rabbit hole”, which were all scheduled to be held in August.
At the beginning of July, the Netherlands experienced a sharp upsurge in Covid-19 contamination, in particular among young people. This had forced the government to go back on easing health restrictions, including a new closure of nightclubs. The contaminations curve had reached records before returning to a downward curve on Monday.