In a press conference on 24th June, the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, announced that the Netherlands would be lifting the restrictions on events that had been in place since March.
As of 1st July, events of all sizes are now able to run in the Netherlands, including in Amsterdam, with specific safety measures in place. This was originally planned for 1st September, but the Netherlands' successful handling of the virus has meant that restrictions have been able to be lifted a full two months earlier than initially thought.
Our event safety plans have been presented to the Amsterdam Mayor's Office. Amsterdam's Mayor, Femke Halsema, confirmed: "We have reviewed Money20/20's plans for its Europe show and are fully satisfied that the event meets the highest standards of safety. We very much look forward to welcoming Money20/20's attendees to Amsterdam this September."
The safety measures that the government requires Money20/20 (and all other indoor events) to have in place are:
- We must have names and contact details for everyone at the show. This is already information that we collect as standard as part of our registration process, because we require every Money20/20 attendee to have their own named badge to enter the show.
Attendees must complete a medical triage form and be given the all clear before they enter the show. The questions that will be asked on the form, and which must all be answered NO to enter the event are:
- Have you had one or more of the following symptoms in the past 24 hours? Cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, mild cough, shortness of breath, fever, sudden loss of smell or taste.
- Do you live with someone who currently has a fever and/or shortness of breath?
- Have you tested positive for Covid-19 in a laboratory test in the past 7 days?
- Are you currently isolating because you have had direct contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19?
1.5m social distancing must be in place throughout the event. We have adapted our floorplan and protocols to make this distancing easy for everyone who comes to the show, including:
- Increased numbers of registration points.
- Limited capacity in our theatres, networking lounges and catering areas.
- Wider aisles throughout the exhibition hall, and one-way aisles where needed.
- Floor markings in places where there might be queues.
- Detailed people and traffic management plans so you can arrive and leave the show safely, whichever form of transport you choose.
We're delighted that our host nation the Netherlands has made such positive strides in controlling Covid-19 to enable the world to reopen for our Dutch partners and customers, as we are also seeing across our community elsewhere in Europe.
If you have any questions about the safety measures we're putting in place at Money20/20 Europe, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.