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European governments extend event bans

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April 29, 2020

The European festival season has been all but obliterated by the fight to limit the spread of Covid-19, with the Germany and the Netherlands among the latest to introduce a ban on events until the end of August.

In addition, the European Commission (EC) says festivals and concerts should be among the last social activities to be allowed, once lockdowns are loosened. 

The EC’s Joint European Roadmap Towards Lifting Covid-19 Containment Measures document advises member states to implement a four-stage re-opening plan, with schools and universities opened in stage one and the reintroduction of mass gatherings in stage four. 

The Danish government has banned events with a capacity of more than 1,000 until 31 August, among the events to be impacted was the Roskilde Festival (cap. 85,000). 

German festivals cancelled include Rock am Ring (90,000) and Wacken Open Air (75,000).

Austria’s ban is in place until 30 June, Luxembourg has extend its ban until 31 July, France will review its position on 11 May and Switzerland on 27 May.

While the UK’s lockdown is due for review next week, most UK festivals have felt the need to cancel, with the latest being Boomtown Fair (60,000) in mid-August, although the Reading (90,000) and Leeds (80,000) festivals remain in place at time of writing.

Despite its county being one of the hardest hit by the virus, Spain’s government is undecided about events through the summer, with a similar lack of clarity from the Spanish government has seen festivals such as Primavera Sound Barcelona (50,000) moved to 26-30 August.

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