Events with more than 750 visitors prohibited until 1 September for the time being, ID&T Group and co-plaintiffs are left with many unanswered questions and have requested OMT advice and decision

After assessing OMT advice and government decision, ID&T and over 40 co-plaintiffs decide whether or not to continue summary proceedings against the government.

These past weeks, the industry has had several dialogues with the government following the summary proceedings that the ID&T Group filed against the government on July 9, together with over 40 co-plaintiffs. Last week, the OMT issued a new advice concerning events and subsequently, the government decided that events without overnight stay with more than 750 visitors will not be permitted until September 1st, based on the current situation regarding the number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

A new press conference will be held on Friday, August 13, at which any new decisions will be announced. It is possible that the restrictions on events will be lifted or adjusted, said outgoing Prime Minister Rutte during the press conference this afternoon. In order to take away the uncertainty of the organizers, the government has decided that they can choose to make use of the guarantee fund or to wait for possible relaxations, as a result of which their events may still take place. If, despite the relaxations, it is still not feasible for the organizer to organize the event due to practical reasons, the guarantee fund can still be used.

Rosanne Janmaat, COO of the ID&T Group: “We are left with unanswered questions like what the capacity of 750 is based on and which parameters we can use to open up again. Why is it suddenly possible to go on vacation in Europe en masse and not to visit a larger festival in the Netherlands? For the past 1.5 years, the communication from the Dutch government has been that when everyone who wants to be vaccinated is vaccinated, we will open up again. At this stage, it is unclear to us why a decision has to be made at all for the period after September 1st, given that that is the moment when everyone could have been vaccinated. As a result, there is a lack of a sustainable policy on events.

The ID&T Group and its co-plaintiffs saw the decision made by the cabinet on July 9 as carelessly prepared and incorrect. The lawyer assisting ID&T c.s. has contacted the state attorney to request the OMT’s advice and the rationale for the government decision. ID&T will assess these documents and decide within 2 days whether to proceed with the summary proceedings or not.

Background info
On Friday 9 July 2021, Dutch festival organization ID&T, known for events such as Mysteryland, Milkshake, and Decibel Outdoor, filed summary proceedings against the Dutch government following the new COVID measures in the Netherlands. After lifting a big part of the restrictions on events, cultural venues, and audiences at professional sports competitions and sports and youth activities 2 weeks ago, the Dutch government announced last Friday that at least until August 13th, all visitors have to be seated and only a limited number of visitors are allowed. This consequently leads to many cancellations of events.

ID&T, together with over 40 parties, among which the organizations behind events such as DGTL, Don’t Let Daddy Know, and Paaspop, disagrees with the recent decision the Dutch government made to categorically ban non-seated public events and see the decision as carelessly prepared and incorrect.

After Minister De Jonge requested a meeting with the sector, which took place on Tuesday 20 July, the summary proceedings were previously put on hold. However, because on Monday 26 July it appeared that the government will not provide clarity on events without an overnight stay before 1 August, the organization and its co-plaintiffs felt compelled to continue the summary proceedings.

The organisations that have joined ID&T Group as co-plaintiffs are: 24-uurs Solexrace, 4PM Entertainment, A Venue Events, Absolutely Fresh, Apenkooi Events, Apex Event Productions, BeetjeDansen Event, BS-Events, BZB, Chasing the Hihat, DGP Race, Electronic Picnic, Elevation Events, Faul Productions, De Feestfabriek Alles Komt Goed, First Vision, Happy Group, HockeyLoverz, J&F Group, Kairos Events, Intents Events, Life Over Future, Minority Events, Mud Masters, MW Events, Nomads, One of the Guys, Paradigm, Par-T, Partycrew, Pm & EA, Sensation Events, Special Events Nijverdal, Sport Vibes, Stichting de Wijze Uil, Stichting Paaspop, Stichting Rebirth Events, The Zoo Events, Thuishaven Events, Toffler Festival, Trailerfest, Trees Of Live, UDC Events, Vana Events, WiSH Outdoor Nederland en ZeeZout.

About ID&T
ID&T was founded in 1992 and organizes approximately 70 events a year. The ID&T Group includes the companies b2s, ID&T Events, Q-dance, Monumental (Awakenings), Air Events, Art of Dance, and VD Events and events such as Mysteryland, Amsterdam Open Air, Milkshake, Vunzige Deuntjes, Thunderdome, Defqon.1 Weekend Festival, Awakenings, Decibel Outdoor, and Masters of Hardcore. Their events attract more than one million visitors a year. The ID&T Group also encompasses Platinum Agency and Most Wanted DJ, two of the world’s largest hard dance booking agencies, as well as management agency Headliner Entertainment.

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