Dutch government aims to allow festivals from July
The Dutch government has announced that they aim to allow festivals after July 1st! If the coronavirus situation forces these to be canceled, the organizers will receive a cancellation subsidy from the government, which will cover 80 percent of the costs.
The cancellation subsidy scheme will apply to events organized until December 31. Events that the organizers started working on last year or this year will also be covered by this regulation, as long as they're scheduled to happen after July 1. Events organized for before July 1 can be moved to after that date in order to qualify.
Though the developments around the pandemic remain uncertain, the cabinet expects that more should be possible from July. The idea is that all adult Dutch residents who want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus will have gotten at least their first shot by then. Successful experiments by Fieldlab, including a dance party in the Ziggo Dome two weeks ago, also gives the government hope that events can be organized safely.
"Not only the organizers, but the public too yearns for a concert, a festival, a football match. Hopefully we can all enjoy an event again in the summer," departing State Secretary Mona Keijzer of Economic Affairs said.
While the cabinet expects that more relaxations will be possible in the summer, the situation still remains uncertain. For now, the assumption is that everyone above the age of 18 will have gotten their first vaccine by July.
Rescheduling the Luminosity Beach Event to a later date is something which is being researched at the moment, expect an update on this subject somewhere in the coming weeks!