New health and social care restrictions in the Netherlands: face-to-face IBC is in danger
Last Friday afternoon was a fateful one for the organisers of the audiovisual trade fair IBC. As you know, the fair is organised to be held in an in-person format -in the traditional way that includes exhibitors and visitors in an enclosed space- on 3, 5 and 6 December in the Dutch city of Amsterdam.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced in a broadcast on Friday 12 November that he will implement a three-week partial shutdown for the country. In particular, this will affect shops, sporting events and catering. Teleworking will be encouraged, sporting events will be held behind closed doors, schools and leisure centres will remain open but will limit their capacity; and cafés, bars and restaurants will close to the public at 20:00.
These restrictions are due to the historical increase in Covid-19 infections and the overloading of intensive care units in Dutch hospitals.
IBC took to Twitter and announced that they are aware of the changes the Dutch government is promoting and are assessing their impact. They went on to say that the health of visitors and exhibitors is their top priority.
The global event is intended to be held at the RAI Exhibitions in Amsterdam, and the building’s organisers have already announced that they will not be cancelling any of their events.
On the other hand, the restrictions will be reviewed by the Dutch’s health crisis cabinet on 3 December, precisely the start date of the IBC show. The show organisers have promised to communicate their decisions on the new restrictions as soon as possible.