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Fieldlab Events are bringing the meetings industry back to life. Fieldlab is a joint initiative from the events sector, united in the EventPlatform and the Alliance of Events Builders and the Government. The programme is supported by the Dutch Ministries of Health, Welfare and Sport, of Education, Culture and Science, of Economic Affairs and Climate and of Justice and Security (VWS, OCW, EZK and JenV). A research programme was developed in order to investigate the possibilities of organising safe events and collecting data to this end, whilst waiving the 1.5-metre measure.

Fieldlab focused on four different types of events:

• Type I – Indoor events with a passive audience
• Type II – Indoor events with an active audience
• Type III – Outdoor events with an active audience
• Type IV – Outdoor events with an audience that can move around freely (festivals)

This distinction has been introduced so that generic recommendations can be made for the different types of events, taking air quality and visitor dynamics into account. In the documents attached below, Fieldlab presents the data collected during their pilot events.

With the right set of measures in place, outdoor events with an active audience can take place safely, even with high prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19.

The maximum numbers as indicated in former versions of the roadmap should be revised with Fieldlab’s recommendations. The generic measures, including the 1.5 metre distance, can be substituted within the location by pre-event or access tests and other recommended measures.

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THE PROPOSAL

The proposal is that Type III events can resume as soon as possible, even with a high prevalence, provided that the conditions of the following set of measures are met:

• Rapid test at a decentralised location, close to home
• Rapid test within up to 24 hours before the end of the event
• Use of an app or alternative entry check for a negative test result
• Attendance at the location limited to 50-75% capacity and consequently without the 1.5-metre measure from the regular RIVM framework within the event location
• Use of group separation options based on the capacity and design of the location
• Use of a mask (covering mouth and nose) during the on-site movement phase at 50% occupancy, continuous use of a mask during 75% occupancy
• Active communication with visitors, in order to share relevant information and to draw attention to compliance with the measures.

Specific to football stadiums:

o Occupancy of Business Seats can be on the same basis as regular grandstand sections, the Business Club (the indoor area for business visitors) can operate with a 20% maximum capacity, or in a specific setting that is outlined in the document below.
o Due to the natural separation, so-called skyboxes can be used at 50-75% of the occupancy (just like regular grandstands).

Based on the data collected and the risk model, Fieldlab Events will demonstrate that with these measures, outdoor events do not present any additional risk of increasing the spread of the virus or hospitalisations. These measures are based on the building blocks as applied and described in the research approach entitled Pilots for ‘LowContact Events’ of Fieldlab Events.


As a basis, a risk model has been developed that answers the question of what the risk of COVID-19 contamination or hospitalisation is for visitors, in comparison with other situations in daily life. The risk model calculates the influence of various measures that can be taken.

Below are both of Fieldlab’s documents on recommendations regarding the reopening of events.

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