New measures announced: theatres to close again

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced new, stricter measures during a press conference on Tuesday 3 November. The measures come on top of those contained in the current ‘partial lockdown’. Cultural institutions will be especially affected as theatres, museums and libraries have to close for two weeks from 10 PM on 4 November.

Performing arts companies and artists are allowed to continue to work, including rehearsals and performing during live streams.

After two weeks the regime will automatically return to the ‘partial’ lockdown, which will remain valid until mid December. During the partial lockdown theatres are allowed to host 30 visitors maximum per show. Mid December there will be another review of the situation, and measures may be adapted accordingly.  

Earlier today, the Taskforce of the cultural and creative field called on the Dutch government to keep cultural institutions such as theatres, cinemas, museums and libraries open to local audiences, to offer relief in these particularly trying times. Keeping the cultural institutions open would have also meant opportunities – however restricted – for artists to perform for live audiences. 

Several Dutch regions, including the Rotterdam area, have significantly higher numbers of infections with the Corona virus. These areas are facing even more strict measures if the situation doesn’t improve.

Travelling abroad is discouraged until mid January.