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Dutch government relaxes travel and social distancing restrictions

IBC Show organisers say decision means they can stage event "as close to ‘business as usual’ as we could hope for in the current environment"

In a boost for December’s IBC Show, the Dutch government has relaxed Covid-19 social distancing measures and removing quarantine rules for fully vaccinated travellers.

From September 22nd, fully vaccinated international visitors from very high-risk areas will no longer have to quarantine on arrival in the Netherlands.

The country will no longer enforce social distancing rules of 1.5 metres and mandate mask wearing inside from September 25th.

Instead, it will introduce coronavirus access passes, where people wanting to gain entry to various venues will be required to demonstrate proof of either vaccination against Covid-19, recovery from an infection of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, or a negative Covid-19 test within 24 hours of use.

With this year’s IBC Show set to take place from 3rd-6th December, organisers say it’s time to get excited for the event. “We have been anticipating this announcement from the Dutch government for a while, and the whole IBC team is buzzing at the opportunities the relaxing of these Covid-19 measures will bring,” said IBC CEO Michael Crimp.

“That is not to say we can relax our guard – we continue to be fully focused on delivering a safe and valuable experience. But with these new measures, we can stage an event as close to ‘business as usual’ as we could hope for in the current environment.”