Earlier this week, we informed you that we expected to receive an exemption from the maximum group size of 30 people per room, announced in the new measures. We based this expectation on the exception for conferences and meetings referred to in an earlier emergency ordinance of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region. In addition, the mayor of Amsterdam indicated in her press conference last Monday that he would formulate a standard for exemptions for “buildings of great importance" in the coming days, whereby criteria regarding health would be leading.
Unfortunately, the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Region has chosen to focus the exemptions primarily on concert halls and theatres, which means that for (conference) venues such as the Beurs van Berlage, no exception will be made to the maximum number of visitors. This additional restriction of a maximum of 30 people per room is in effect until October 19th, 2020. The Board of the Security Region has indicated that it will later consider whether, until that time, more institutions can qualify for an exemption.
In the coming period, we will do our utmost, per planned event, to see whether the current text of the emergency ordinance offers leads for the event in question to proceed. However, we must be realistic and inform you that at least the coming weeks the options will be limited. Nevertheless, the Beurs van Berlage, with its various separate rooms and the possibility to offer hybrid events, will continue to offer sufficient solutions to make every event, regardless of its size, unforgettable.
Let us hope that the latest measures will in any case lead to a reversal in the growth of infection cases.