The Netherlands is getting Back to Live | Tentative reopening for England is now July 19  | Most US venues still waiting on SVOG funding

The Netherlands is getting Back to Live

Speaking of the return of events, the Netherlands will be allowing large-scale, single-day events beginning on June 30. No confirmation yet on any capacity restrictions but many are confident there won’t be any. Vaccinations or negative COVID tests however will be a necessity if you want to attend a full-scale event. Longer term events or festivals have not yet been given the go ahead but it’s anticipated that approval will follow relatively soon.

stage & fans at a concert in the netherlands

Thanks to the Fieldlab Back to Live test events, the Dutch government is confident that as long as people are willing to prove they are not infected with the virus, there is no reason to require social distancing or masks at large gatherings. Get ready for a barrage of festival announcements in the coming weeks. In fact, Dekmantel Festival 2021 has already released pre-sale tickets for the 3 day festival set to take place August 6-8. Confidence is high and we love it!

“Freedom Day” delay

The UK officially announced the delay of the implementation of step 4 of the government’s reopening roadmap on Monday. Studies are showing the Delta variant to be more infectious and a single shot of the vaccine isn’t as effective against it. The sharp rise in cases and subsequent hospitalizations due to the variant mean the 4 tests required to move to the next step aren’t being met. Capacity limits will still be in place, nightclubs must remain closed and contact with other people will still be limited. The situation will be reevaluated in 4 weeks time with a new tentative date of July 19.

still closed sign

According to the CEO of NTIA, Michael Kill, “The industry has spent millions in preparation for June 21, 95% of businesses have already made financial commitments and logistical preparations to reopen.” This 4 week delay is expected to lead to over 5,000 events being canceled and will result in huge costs for the industry.

US venues are still in trouble

Only 1% of venues that qualified for the first round of Shuttered Venues Operators Grants (SVOG) have received funding. This inaction has prompted the Senators that are sponsoring the program to reach out directly to the Small Business Administration to try to get the show on the road. Despite the ability to reopen, without these funds, many independent venues are at risk of permanent closure.

save our stages marquee

For those not keeping track...everything shut down in March 2020, Congress approved the program in December 2020, applications finally opened (after several technical difficulties) in April of 2021 and as of June 9th, a mere 90 businesses have received support. The program has secured $16.1 billion in financial relief for independent businesses in the live entertainment industry throughout the United States but the question remains, when will those funds be distributed?