IBC 2021 – Netherlands no longer requires self-quarantine on arrival
It looks like IBC 2021 is still set to take place in Amsterdam in early December, despite the cancellation of NAB 2021. It will be interesting to see if that continues. If the big exhibitors start to pull out, you will soon know the answer.
The IBC posted information on its social media to encourage foreign visitors to attend the show.
It comes as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced an easing of COVID-19 restrictions and the introduction of a Corona Pass which allows people to enter the country for big events. The self-quarantine rule for people entering the Netherlands will officially end on September 22.
Now, that doesn’t mean that anyone can enter the Netherlands, because they can’t. The Corona Pass only applies to vaccinated travelers from the UK, US and other areas deemed “very high risk” by the Dutch government. You are also only allowed to use this Corona Pass if fully vaccinated, have valid proof of recovery or a negative result of a coronavirus test taken less than 24 hours before entry.
From September 25, the Dutch government is removing all social distancing requirements, including the 1.5m rule in bars and restaurants. This will allow them to open to full cavity without any restrictions in place.
What is the situation with COVID-19 in the Netherlands?
The Netherlands has recorded 1.98 million cases of COVID-19 in total and 18,090 deaths. To put this number into perspective, the Netherlands has a population of around 17.3 million people.
Over the past month or so, the number of daily infections has fluctuated between 2,000 and 2,500. A large part of the Dutch population is now vaccinated.
IBC 2021 guidelines
COVID-19 information is available on the main page of the IBC website. Below are IBC’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Since 1967, IBC has been run by industry, for industry, and it has never been more important than it is today. IBC is fully committed to providing a safe and successful show in December at RAI Amsterdam.
As IBC continues to develop plans for the 2021 show, we are closely monitoring developments around the world and working with our key stakeholders to ensure that the relevant health and safety measures are in place to ensure that IBC is a safe environment for our exhibitors and participants. . IBC is in regular contact with the city of Amsterdam and the management team of RAI Amsterdam. In turn, they work with all their key stakeholders such as the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Municipal Health Service (GGD) of the city of Amsterdam.
The IBC Health & Safety protocols have been established in accordance with the latest government regulations, guidelines from the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and HSE (The Health and Safety Executive) and protocols from RAI Amsterdam.
These protocols are subject to change as we head to the IBC show in December. Any adjustments to these protocols will remain consistent with any changes to government regulations, national health authority guidelines, and / or site protocols.
The safety and well-being of our participants is our top priority and our number one commitment. To ensure a safe and successful IBC, we have strict health and safety protocols and guidelines in place that everyone will need to follow.
Everyone must follow the rules of PERSONAL HYGIENE, including frequent hand washing / disinfection and respiratory hygiene (cough and sneeze etiquette).
FACE MASKS ARE MANDATORY throughout RAI Amsterdam and must be worn over the mouth and nose at all times. Face shields cannot be worn as an alternative.
Protective masks will be mandatory throughout the site and must be worn at all times, except when seated.
- Face masks can only be removed to consume food and drink in designated seating areas.
- Hand disinfection facilities will be widely available.
- Instructions on how to follow personal hygiene guidelines will be visible throughout the site and on exhibitor stands.
- Everyone must respect the minimum SOCIAL DISTANCE rule of 1.5 m at all times.
Social distancing measures will be at the forefront of IBC. Access to sites, navigation, seating and stand layout will be optimized in accordance with the minimum 1.5m social distancing regulations. Protective screens will be installed at customer service points. Instructions on maintaining social distancing will be visible throughout the site and on exhibitor booths.
IBC will closely monitor the number of people inside the site to avoid overcrowding and ensure that social distancing can be maintained at all times.
IBC2021 will apply a strict policy of NO HANDSHAKE and ZERO HANDOUT.
For the safety of our participants, we aim to create a contactless experience wherever possible.
- Badges will be collected and scanned without contact.
- Everyone must be pre-registered. Self-registration on site will not be possible.
- All payments to RAI Amsterdam will be cashless.
- Zero distribution policy with information and content provided in digital format.
- Food and drinks will be served in individual units.
- Most doors will be automatic or kept open during trade show hours.
IBC also has a comprehensive section informing exhibitors of the COVID-19 protocols that must be followed.