The cultural sector is becoming “mad” about the government’s inadequate planning and communication about possible relaxation of the corona measures. The current restrictions, which mean that all theaters are closed, will expire on Friday. The cabinet will not announce the situation after Friday until Friday.
“We have raised this so many times over the past two years,” says acting director Siebe Weide of the Association of Theater and Concertgebouw Directors (VSCD). “Make a clear overview of which measures and which support package you link to which contamination risk. We understand that the government mainly looks at the epidemiological criteria when making decisions. But please also consider the feasibility and feasibility for the different sectors.”
If the theaters were allowed to open their doors again on Saturday, it is practically impossible that they will be played again on Saturday evening, says Weide. “We need between one and two weeks to get everything up and running again. It just seems like the government doesn’t want to understand that.”
Many major producers have decided to cancel performances scheduled for this weekend. For example, comedians such as Johan Goossens and Sanne Wallis de Vries have already canceled their scheduled shows in the coming week as a precaution, Theaterbureau De Mannen reports. Actor Martijn Fischer reported on RTL Boulevard on Tuesday that producer Stage Entertainment has also deleted a series of shows from the Hazes musical She believes in me as a precaution.
A strange situation also arises with the Friends of Amstel Live concert series. Because there is a minimal chance that the big concert will take place on Saturday, the stage and the associated installation must be built. But the organizers are actually counting on the cabinet to have bad news again on Friday.