Events in the time of corona: ‘Each grandstand has its own parking spaces’

For months everything was at a standstill because of corona, but this weekend there are some big events that can go on. Of course, this was done in an adapted form and therefore with less audience.

In the IJsselhallen in Zwolle, for example, the Pasar Malam started yesterday, which will last until Sunday. The Indonesian fair would originally be held in March. The stalls and restaurants were already set up and the decorations hung up when the lockdown measures were announced.

“We certainly wondered after whether it was wise to organize this”, says organizer Marcel Neervoort about this weekend. He points out that the IJsselhallen, with 20,000 square meters, is the “perfect location” to start again with the Pasar Malam markets. These are organised in several places throughout the country every year. Zwolle bites the bull’s eye when it comes to corona measures.

The event has three entrances and exits, so that visitors do not cross each other. Because of the corona rules all halls of the IJsselhallen will be used this year. This will provide approximately three football fields with space where the stalls and restaurants are scattered. “This is less intimate, but that’s just the way it is,” says Neervoort. Visitors to the Indonesian fair react positively: “Nice that it is so extensive, with lots of space”.

Watch images of the Pasar Malam in Zwolle below:

In Assen it was the turn of the Deutsche Tourenwagen-Masters (DTM). The DTM is the largest championship for touring cars in Europe. This weekend, 10,000 visitors per day will be admitted to the stands at the TT circuit in the Drenthe capital. Normally there are 55,000 and there can be another 60,000 visitors. An event in highly slimmed down form.

The event required prior permission from the Security Region. This permission was granted because the terrain is large enough to allow visitors to keep enough distance. Six stands were set up for the DTM, which can seat 1800 people. Each visitor is allocated a ticket with a fixed seat.

“Each stand has its own parking spaces, its own catering and its own toilet facilities”, explains organizer Lee van Dam, in order to prevent too many people from getting mixed up. One-way traffic has also been created everywhere so that people do not pass each other and visitors on the grounds have to wear a mouth shield.

The Association of Event Makers is delighted that the DTM in Assen continues with an audience. “We are pleased that events are starting up again, albeit with a small number of visitors,” says spokesman Willem Westermann. “There are already football matches with an audience, just like concerts and theatre performances.” The visitors just have to get used to it: “It’s getting used to the rules. But it’s nice that there’s another event nearby.”

See here how it went on the TT-circuit Assen: