AMSTERDAM - The Dutch government and its advisors from the Outbreak Management Team are positive about the state of affairs regarding coronavirus in the Netherlands. Minister of Health Ernst Kuipers announced the relaxation of a wide range of measures during his press conference on 15 February.
Covid measures will no longer apply at events with a flow of visitors such as trade fairs and exhibitions. All rules related to the number of visitors, social distancing, entry passes and face masks have also been lifted. There are no longer any restrictions on seated events such as conferences and theatre performances. A mandatory negative Covid test certificate now only applies at other types of indoor events with more than 500 visitors and where fixed seating does not apply, such as at indoor festivals.
The requirement to wear a face mask will remain mandatory at airports and in public transport. This rule will no longer apply to shops, restaurants, bars, cinemas, museums, theatres, concert halls, zoos and amusement parks from 25 February.
Requirements for travelling to the Netherlands
Depending on the situation in the country of departure – and whether this country is inside the EU/Schengen area – certain measures may still apply when travelling to the Netherlands. These rules can be found on the website of each relevant country. Travel requirements have also been eased, which makes travelling to the Netherlands a more fluent process.
“We welcome the full relaxation of measures for events and the way they are becoming accessible to visitors,” comments RAI Amsterdam COO Maurits van der Sluis. “The RAI will obviously continue to adhere to the current hygiene regulations prescribed by the health authorities and ensure people are made aware of them. We will also keep a close eye on developments to ensure a safe, responsible and hospitable RAI Amsterdam at all times. Everyone at the RAI is looking forward to organising and facilitating fantastic events again. We are ready.”
The reopening of the Netherlands comes at a good time with the measures allowing the RAI to welcome a large number of visitors in March. Major events on the programme include Intertraffic and Amsterdam Drone Week, each with a strong focus on smart mobility. From April the RAI will welcome the National Career Fair, Interclean (the world's leading platform for cleaning and hygiene professionals), PLMA 2022 World’s Private Label and the 37th Annual EAU Congress. With a late start to the event season in the spring, more events have been moved until up to mid-July in what promises to be a bustling summer period.
Throughout the pandemic RAI Amsterdam has done everything possible to enable events to take place safely within the measures introduced by the government. The hard work and creativity involved in being able to deliver internationally renowned events in such challenging circumstances has been recognised by the recent nomination as Best International Venue by Mash Media in the upcoming Exhibition News Awards in London.