Under the newly announced measure, all cafes and restaurants will have to close at 8 PM, so there will be few if any IBC parties.
The Dutch government has announced a three-week partial lockdown for the country. IBC, in an early reaction, said no events or trade shows will be cancelled, but all events will have to adhere to a 6 PM end-of-show time.
These measures are set to last for at least three weeks, which, if lifted at the earliest opportunity, would mean they end just as IBC is scheduled to begin, December 3. There is currently no updated guidance on international travel into or out of the country.
IBC subsequently announced that its December show was on track to go ahead in a “safe and comfortable way” as it was exempt from the measures due to it being organised within a perimeter where everyone must show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test before entering the premises.
In a statement, in response to the measures, the IBC said: “IBC is aware of the Covid rule changes announced by the Dutch government. IBC is assessing the impact and engaging with our stakeholders. As you can imagine, this is an issue that needs careful consideration and we will communicate our plans as soon as possible. The safety and well being of all IBC2021 attendees remains our number one priority. Thank you for your continued support and patience.”
It is also believed the government is considering bringing back mandatory social distancing measures, legislation that would reportedly take up to two weeks to pass through both houses of parliament.
This year’s IBC show is due to take place at the RAI in Amsterdam from December 3-6.