The developments around the coronavirus are creating surreal scenes. The streets of Amsterdam are empty, and there’s hardly a soul to be seen on the Damrak. The same goes for the conference halls, break-out rooms, offices and kitchens in the Beurs van Berlage. In the Beurs, normally a bustling venue, hotspot and meeting place in the heart of Amsterdam, things suddenly went quiet from one day to the next. This is a situation that stands in stark contrast to our hospitality nature.
The measures taken by the government to control the effects of the coronavirus are rigorous, but necessary. They give us hope that as few people as possible will get sick, until such times as a vaccine against the virus is found, and the sun literally shines again. Until then, every industry, like the events industry, will be at the mercy of the unpredictable developments surrounding the coronavirus.
Unfortunately, we have seen some events cancelled due to the current developments, but many more have been moved to a later date. We are grateful for that, since it ensures that we can look forward to the future with confidence.
On Tuesday April 21, Prime Minister Rutte held a press conference. The new measures have some consequences with regard to the events taking place in the Beurs van Berlage. These are generally Private (B2B) events that are not freely accessible to the public. This includes corporate parties, meetings for invitees, congresses for a specific group of people. The following guidelines now apply to events in the Beurs van Berlage:
Private (B2B) events that take place between April 21, 2020 and May 20, 2020
Organizers of events that take place between April 21, 2020 and May 20, 2020 may invoke legal force majeure when the event is cancelled after April 21, 2020. The organizer is not required to pay a cancellation fee, but is a down payment is, in these cases, not refunded.
Private (B2B) events that take place after May 20, 2020
For organizers of events that take place after May 20, 2020, the normal cancellation scheme applies. The difference between the cancellation fee and any down payment will be charged to the organizer.
If you have any questions about reservations, events, contracts or availability, please contact us. You can call or email your regular contact. We can also be reached on our office number: +31 (0)20 – 531 3355 (on weekdays between 09:00 and 18:00 hrs).
For more information and developments surrounding the Corona Virus in Amsterdam, please check the RIVM website.
These are surreal times, in every way. We are speaking from a distance at the moment, but we hope to meet you again soon.
On behalf of the Beurs van Berlage team, take care of each other and of yourself!
Marcel C.B. Schonenberg
Beurs van Berlage