“This is very painful, but given the level of contamination, the chairman and mayor do not think generic exemptions for theaters and cinemas are justified,” says a spokeswoman from the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region.“Together with the Security Regions and the government, we are working on a possible joint line for exemptions for cultural institutions.”
Lars and the Magic Mountain with the Amsterdam musician Lars Kroon was on the agenda on Tuesday evening, but the decision of the municipality means that a hundred visitors have no use for their tickets. Paradiso will remain closed on Tuesday. “We had the hope that we would come to an agreement with the municipality, because we had good contact throughout the day,” says a spokesman for the pop stage. “We have sold-out shows with 260 attendees all month, so we’re really hoping for better news tomorrow.”
The DeLaMar Theater will also close its doors on Tuesday evening. “Understandably, it takes a while before a decision can be made, so we remain hopeful for an exemption,” said a DeLaMar spokesperson. Two performances were planned tonight with about three hundred visitors in total, but that is canceled. “We cannot open for thirty visitors. If we still get that exemption then we can continue openly and in the same way. ”
“People also understand that large productions cannot be held for 30 people,” says director and ITA director Ivo van Hove, who is forced to close the place tonight. In addition, both performances were sold out. How should we determine who can and cannot come in such a short period of time? We’re in a catch 22 situation where everyone is pointing at each other. We really ask for a more workable situation. Not just for tomorrow and the day after, but for a while. This situation is not sustainable for our sector. ”
“I also like to note that theaters have had their corona affairs well organized for months. We have been playing since the beginning of June and in all that time not one corona case has been related to a theater performance, nowhere in the Netherlands. Yet again we are treated the same as sectors that have experienced outbreaks. ”
Altin Gün was to give two concerts in Carré on Wednesday evening and the Metropole Orchestra was also scheduled, but these performances have been canceled. Altin Gün is back on the agenda for Thursday, tomorrow it will be announced whether these concerts will take place. This depends on the decision of the security region.
According to the municipality, the exemption standard, as announced by Prime Minister Rutte and Mayor Halsema, will come ‘within a few days’.
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