So says Boris van der Ham, chairman of both the Dutch Association of Cinemas and Film Theaters (NVBF) and the Association of Free Theater Producers (VVTP).
Call to cabinet
In a response to the new OMT advice leaked through sources, which states that society can open again until 8 p.m., both the cinema and theater sector are calling on the cabinet to use different closing times for cinemas and theaters.
“At least until about 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.,” says Van der Ham. “Make sure that there is room for that large sector within the culture to be really open. Otherwise you still have a lockdown.”
Other closing times
Theaters in particular, but also cinemas, generate the most turnover in the evenings, says Van der Ham. “Then people say: they can play matinees, right? But that is actually only possible during a holiday, during the week people have to work. And you cannot afford a performance with only a weekend performance. You cannot do a performance with eighty for two days a week. setting people up. Then you don’t know how professional something like this is,” says Van der Ham.
The most concerned ministers will consider the OMT advice on Monday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and health minister Ernst Kuipers will give another press conference on Tuesday.