For cinemas, concert and theater halls and other cultural institutions in Amsterdam, no exception is currently made to the corona measure that a maximum of thirty people may be present in halls. No exemptions will be granted for the cultural sector, a spokesman for Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema reported on Tuesday. The Telegraph.
“Especially in urban areas, the number of infections and admissions due to corona in hospitals is high,” said the spokesman.
The spokesman called the decision “painful”. “But with the level of contamination, the mayor and chairman of the security region do not believe that generic exemptions for theater and cinemas are justified. Together with the security regions and the national government, we are working on a possible joint line for exemptions for cultural institutions.”
It was previously announced that presidents of security regions were given the power by the cabinet to make an exception for some institutions, because they are of high cultural value and have recently proven that they adhere well to the rules.
‘More clarity on exemptions on Wednesday’
Earlier today, several Amsterdam halls, including Paradiso and Melkweg, expressed their hope and expectation to NU.nl that an exception could be made for the cultural sector.
The programs of Paradiso and the DeLaMar Theater on Tuesday evenings have been partly canceled. For example, the performance of Lars and the Magic Mountain in the pop temple is moved to a new, still unknown date.
“I’m really fed up with it,” says Lars Kroon of Lars and the Magic Mountain to NU.nl. “It’s my album release, my album will be out on Friday. We’ve been working towards this for a long time with a band of fifteen people with strings, wind instruments and a gospel choir, so it’s very sour.”
In the DeLaMar Theater, two performances were scheduled for Tuesday evening, one of which will in any case be canceled.
Paradiso and the DeLaMar Theater have announced that no exemptions will be granted by the municipality before Tuesday evening, but that this may happen later. “We hope to hear more about a possible exemption tomorrow,” said a DeLaMar spokesperson.
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