The Verknipt music festival in the Dutch city of Utrecht, which attracts thousands of EDM fans every year, was linked to the hundreds of Covid-19 cases this year. On the first weekend of July, 2021, the festival saw upto 20,000 attendees, despite the ongoing pandemic.
The festival was conducted under COVID-safe conditions, according to which attendees either had to be fully vaccinated or produce a negative report before entering the event. However, over 1000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the event.
Lennart van Trigt, of the regional health board said “We cannot say that all these people were infected at the festival itself. It could also be possible that they’ve been infected while traveling to the festival or in the evening before going to the festival or having an after-party.”
This news comes during a grim time for the Netherlands, as it reports between 8000-10,000 COVID cases daily. Van Trigt also mentions that the attendees could produce test reports 40-hours before attending the festival. “In 40 hours people can do a lot of things like visiting friends and going to bars and clubs,” van Trigt added.
The Dutch Health Department has been criticised for handing out COVID passes immediately after vaccinations, before the vaccine becomes effective. Further, the Dutch Prime Minister has expressed his regret over the early lifting restrictions.