1,000 people are infected with Covid-19 after attending a ‘coronavirus-free’ festival in the Netherlands

1,000 people are infected with Covid-19 after attending a ‘coronavirus-free’ festival in the Netherlands

  • More than 1,000 tested positive after visiting Verknipt Outdoor Festival in Utrecht
  • The July Festival was a two-day ‘test for entry’ event attended by more than 20,000
  • It is the first time that so many infections have been traced to one event
  • A health commission spokesman said officials were ‘trigger happy’ with plans










At least 1,000 people have been infected with Covid-19 after attending a ‘coronavirus-free’ festival in the Netherlands.

Earlier this month, the Verknipt Outdoor Festival in Utrecht was visited by more than 20,000 people for two days.

It was a ‘test for entry’ event where all festival goers had to present a QR code to show that they had been vaccinated, recently infected or had a negative Covid test.

At least 1,000 people have been infected with Covid-19 after attending a ‘coronavirus-free’ Verknipt Outdoor Festival in Utrecht in early July (Pictured, the Chin Chin Festival in Amsterdam)

It is the first time that so many infections have been traced to one event, with the Utrecht Health Commission (GGD) reporting 1,050 cases, a number that is expected to rise.

‘Not all these people were infected at the festival itself,’ says GGD spokesperson Lennart van Trigt.

‘They could have been infected during a trip to the festival, or in the evening or after a party before going to the festival.

“So the cases are all related to the festival, but I can’t say 100 percent that they were infected at the festival.”

He added that the number of cases was “quite astonishing.”

Van Trigt blames the spike on rules that allow visitors to take Covid tests 40 hours before the event, meaning they still have time to contract the virus and become contagious before the festival.

“I thought this period was too long,” he said.

‘I wish it was only 24 hours’ [period]. It would be much better because in 40 hours people can do a lot of things like visit friends, go to bars and clubs. In 24 hours people can do less and be safer.’

Van Trigt also complained that authorities were “a little happy” ahead of the event, which allowed residents to get a vaccine passport immediately after their second shot, despite it taking weeks to build up immunity.

Utrecht mayor Sharon Dijksma came under fire for attending the event, in which masks and social distancing were scrapped.

She later described the atmosphere at the festival as “a little tense” on social media.

The Netherlands has seen a spike in cases in recent weeks, after the government lifted most restrictions on June 26 (Photo: Paradiso in Amsterdam reopens to a packed crowd on June 26)

The Netherlands has seen a spike in cases in recent weeks, after the government lifted most restrictions on June 26 (Photo: Paradiso in Amsterdam reopens to a packed crowd on June 26)

The Netherlands has seen a spike in cases in recent weeks, after the government lifted most restrictions on June 26.

Last Friday, the government reintroduced restrictions on bars, restaurants and nightclubs to halt a spate of infections among young adults, just two weeks after most lockdown measures were lifted as cases fell. read more

Most lockdown measures were lifted on June 26, as an accelerated rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations sharply reduced the number of infections.

The House of Representatives was recalled from the summer holidays for a special debate about a sixfold increase in the number of infections, which exceeded 10,000 in 24 hours for the first time in six months on Wednesday.

The government will reintroduce work-from-home guidelines due to rising COVID-19 infections. The advice to work from home is not mandatory and only applies to people who can.

“We are returning to the old advice,” Rutte told lawmakers on Wednesday on news portal NU.nl.

The Dutch government has canceled all multi-day festivals and events with great crowds in the context of the ban until August 14.

The Netherlands has seen a spike in cases in recent weeks, forcing the government to re-impose a number of restrictions, including canceling festivals such as Live Again!

The Netherlands has seen a spike in cases in recent weeks, forcing the government to re-impose a number of restrictions, including canceling festivals such as Live Again!

The Dutch government has canceled all multi-day festivals and high-crowded events as part of the curbs imposed until August 14 (Pictured: Workers dismantle the stage for Live Again! after it was canceled due to increasing Covid cases)

The Dutch government has canceled all multi-day festivals and high-crowded events as part of the curbs imposed until August 14 (Pictured: Workers dismantle the stage for Live Again! after it was canceled due to increasing Covid cases)

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