The court in The Hague is currently in preliminary relief proceedings about the latest corona measures that will apply to event organizers from tomorrow. While it’s not yet clear whether this will make a difference, organizers remain stunned at the developments.
Twenty parties are seeking to repeal the rule that permits only 75% of the capacity for visitors to events. They are also opposed to the mandatory closing time at midnight. Koninklijke Horeca Nederland reacted against the last rule yesterday, saying: “If your government finds the introduction of corona passes so important it is impossible for you to explain why they would not work after midnight.” More than 40% of catering business owners have stated that they will not be checking the corona admission ticket beginning tomorrow.
Unmute Us is joining Apenkooi Events and ID&T in taking the Dutch to trial. This action is supported by the Alliance of Event Builders, and the Association of Event Makers.
“The event industry is stunned by the way the cabinet treats young people and the people and companies that work in this industry,” said Unmute Us in the run-up to summary proceedings. The lawsuit was filed last week after Hugo de Jonge, corona minister, and Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s press conference. Many well-known artists rushed to the barricade as their fans had to show a corona permit when they visited events and the catering sector. Otherwise, they were not permitted in.
Rutte, De Jonge and others announced that outdoor events will be allowed to continue from Saturday with no restrictions and without any closing times. This is also true for indoor events. A maximum of 75 percent capacity is allowed within the event without a fixed seat. The event must be stopped at midnight. The corona ticket must also be presented at the entry.
Unmute Us is well-known for its protest marches against corona measures in various cities. These measures have been very hard on the events sector. Tens of thousands marched in 10 cities on Saturday, 9/11. Protestors demanded the opening of Dutch festivals and events immediately.
The summary proceedings can be followed via a live stream. This will take place at 10:00 AM.