COVID-19
Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Great news for the event industry

Further relaxation offers more possibilities

An important decision by the government brings the entire Dutch event industry back in motion. From Saturday 25 September, a relaxation of Covid measures will be implemented to make events more accessible to the vast majority of the population. The social distancing measure will be lifted and a relaxation of the quarantine measure will be implemented for vaccinated travellers from very high-risk areas.

As RAI Amsterdam, we welcome the upcoming relaxation of measures for the entire event industry. COO Maurits van der Sluis: “A lot of energy has been put into ensuring events take place in a safe and responsible manner in these times. We have already gained the necessary experience in this area. With this easing of measures, we can welcome more visitors, while maintaining our high safety standard.”

The most important measures that apply to events in the RAI as of 25 September are:

  • the use of the EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) for visitors to gain access to an event. Valid paper proof is also accepted. This means that a visitor is fully vaccinated with an EU approved vaccine, or can show a valid negative test or proof of recovery. 
  • the performance of a health check (triage) at the door.
  • a maximised visitor capacity of 75% at non-fixed seating events, such as trade fairs

At events where fixed seating applies, such as conferences and theatre performances, the full visitor capacity can be used.

Adjustment quarantine measure
In addition to the relaxation of measures, the quarantine measure for travellers from very high-risk areas will be adjusted on Wednesday 22 September. This is especially important for international events in the Netherlands. Travellers from very high-risk areas, such as the United Kingdom and the United States of America, who have been fully vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine, will no longer have to be quarantined as of 22 September.

“The coming changes make multi-day international events at the RAI, which are relevant to a variety of industries worldwide, more accessible to an even wider audience. We look forward to experiencing the energy and real interaction at these live events. An experience that we all have missed very much," says Maurits van der Sluis.

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