There is a strong need for perspective and a plan for 2021. It has been shown that the events sector can bring people together in a responsible manner.
The government has complimented the industry on this several times. In other words, the sector can be part of the solution, not the problem.
There is full understanding that additional measures must be taken and that there must be clarity in the rules set. A roadmap would give the industry perspective. However, the current road map feels like a traffic light feature. It does not go into effect until we enter the “watchful” phase; where we are now far from. In the current situation, there is a maximum number of visitors allowed per room, namely 30 people. Not profitable for the majority of locations. Jolanda Jansen, spokesperson for the Alliance of Event Builders: “We worked very hard for months to get all events and locations corona proof. That has paid off. The industry has shown that it can bring people together in a responsible manner. We have received recognition from the government several times for this. “
Just last week, the sector sat at the table with various ministries and there was agreement about the importance of test events. The established protocols are tested in practice in order to offer perspective. Perspective to the industry but also to the public. Relaxation is essential for everyone. Sports, culture, events, being together. Jansen: “You notice that society and the discussion hardens, people need an outlet. We can facilitate this in a responsible manner. No illegal parties that are now emerging, but controlled and regulated. A recent survey by Fieldlab Events shows that more than 93% of the Dutch event visitors consider it safe to go to an event. A similar number are willing to cooperate in additional measures. In short: let us demonstrate that we can help and that there are possibilities! “
We need to know where we stand in January; another year like this, in which we have to take blow after blow after blow, the sector will not survive
The Alliance of Event Builders wants to continue discussions with the government about a number of changes to the TVL and NOW schemes, but it mainly needs perspective. Jansen: “This situation is no longer tenable for both large and small players. With these new restrictions, this year can be considered lost to the industry. But we want and must look further. We want to make plans for the longer term now and hear from the government whether the pilots with rapid testing could be a solution next year. We need to know where we stand in January; another year like this, in which we have to take blow after blow after blow, the sector will not survive. Without perspective or plan, the end is practice for the entire event industry. “