ADE Festival 2021 Moving Forward Despite New COVID-19 Regulations
Prospective attendees of the 2021 ADE Festival can safely plan accordingly after organizers announced they're moving forward with the event in light of new regulations by the Dutch government.
The news arrives on the heels of an announcement by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who said in a press conference yesterday that social distancing will end in the Netherlands on September 25th. Despite new COVID-19 regulations forcing clubs, bars, restaurants, and other nightlife businesses to shut down by midnight, ADE Festival will forge on as planned from October 13th to 17th.
Rutte also noted that the country will begin mandating coronavirus access passes on the 25th, when patrons must provide proof of vaccination or a negative test within 24 hours. "The risk still is not gone," he cautioned. "We want to cautiously relax further."
The regulations were instated following the latest iteration of #UnmuteUs, a vigorous campaign that found legions of Dutch event organizers, musicians, and fans parading through the streets in protest of the Cabinet's clamp on the arts sector. 150,000 people marched over the weekend in the operation's second demonstration to date. Prior to the launch of the movement, ADE had bemoaned the government's ban on festivals as a "disastrous decision for the backbone of ADE and the electronic music industry as a whole."