At the beginning of July, an electro music festival in Utrecht ended with the contamination of a thousand people out of the 20,000 participants.
The Dutch government announced Monday the cancellation until September 1 of all events and festivals held over 24 hours to avoid further outbreaks of Covid-19 cases. The 2021 editions of internationally known music festivals such as Lowlands, Mysteryland and Down the Rabbit Hole, scheduled for August, are therefore canceled. “Unfortunately, it is not reasonable to let these events continue.Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at a press conference in The Hague.
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The government believes that testing visitors every 24 hours during a festival would be logistically too complicated to organize. The decision was made “in consultation with the events sector», Said Mark Rutte. In mid-July, the local press estimated that a thousand of the 20,000 participants in a music festival in Utrecht had been contaminated by Covid-19, despite the implementation of health pass controls.
Events lasting more than 24 hours had already been suspended until August 13. The government has decided to extend the ban until the end of the summer. The government has also announced an easing of travel restrictions, like most countries in the European Union. The Netherlands will no longer advise against travel within the EU from Tuesday. Holidaymakers must present a negative test or a vaccination certificate upon their return, and observe a period of quarantine, depending on the situation in the country visited.
The Hague, however, wants to avoid any new wave this fall and will require from August 8 holidaymakers to present a negative test or a vaccination certificate upon their return, and to observe a quarantine period, depending on the situation in the country visited. “We can all bring the virus back in the suitcase“, Warned the Minister of Health, Hugo de Jonge, during the same press conference. An outbreak of contamination in early July, especially among young people, had forced the government to reverse the easing of health restrictions, including a new closure of nightclubs.
After reaching records (up to 11,000 cases per day a week ago), the contaminations curve is down in the Netherlands, with some 3,900 new cases identified on Monday, according to the latest official figures. However, the number of hospitalized patients remained on the rise, but the situation in hospitals “seems manageable», Underlined Mark Rutte. The country of 17 million people has recorded more than 1.8 million cases of coronavirus and 17,807 deaths. About 83% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine and 59% of adults are fully immunized.