Stage is yours

Smart coronaproof events, if it is possible again

Friday, 5 February 2021

When spring comes and if the developments of the coronavirus allow us, we want to sit outside on a terrace. If there is an event, we want to go there. Coronaproof, please. Amsterdam thinks about possibilities. And there are. The RAI is also experimenting. On Friday 5 February, Victor Everhardt, Alderman for Economic Affairs of the Municipality of Amsterdam, visited the event concept The Stage is Yours in RAI Amsterdam.

The Stage is Yours is a corona proof hall at RAI. Amsterdam.The concept is an example of how sectors such as the events sector, the art & culture sector and the catering industry can be reopened to the public in a smart, fast and safe way as soon as the infection figures allow. Hall 12 offers space for 800 conference participants, 1,175 visitors in (duo) theatre set-ups or 300 people at round dinner tables.

Victor Everhardt states: "This week, the government presented a new roadmap for coronavirus measures, which also includes relaxation measures, as soon as this is possible. The measures it contains are very general, but so much more is possible. By using smart technology, for example. Or with this great initiative of the RAI. It is good news that events will be experimented with in the coming month. Let's use these insights and all the smart ideas from entrepreneurs in our city, together with the government, to sharpen the Route Map back to back. After all, the people of Amsterdam will soon be able to meet each other again and entrepreneurs are longing for prospects. The government sets the pace, we look how things can be done smarter. 

Smart applications help reduce the risk of infection, such as a bracelet that can increase awareness of your distance to others, or a screen that indicates how close you are to others. In addition, the broad deployment of rapid tests - and 'Covid passports' - offers prospects for event organisers. In any case, Amsterdam is ready to open ASAP.

The Stage is Yours concept in the RAI offers a tailor-made experience in accordance with the rules and guidelines described in the RAI Amsterdam Protocol - Safe, Responsible and Hospitable.