Questions about COVID in combination with FESTIVAL!

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  1. Quark

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    Hello all,

    I am sure, no one has lived under a rock lately. We all are aware of the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV 2) virus, that's apreading all around the world.

    This thread is for all questions regarding preparations around the FESTIVAL, in combination with COVID-19. It is NOT open for discussions about the virus itself. That's too complicated amyway, as we all live in different countries, with different laws and measures.

    To help you ahead, I took the liberty of copying 4 posts from another thread.

    So any question, regarding Wacken Open Air and COVID are welcome here. ANY other discussion about COVID will be deleted here, unless it could be relevant for this discussion! (e.g. travel ban into the EU, due to COVID)

    So far, Wacken is organising, not as if nothing happened, but as if it were to take place in August.
    Nothing else so far is known.
    3 Vaccines have seen the light of day so far in Europe, 2 of them within the EU. (which is of course the most important place to look at, since Germany is part of that very EU) A 3rd one is on its way.

    Conspiracy theories are forbidden here! If you like those ideas, go to another platform, no space for them here. Stick to the facts, as stated by e.g. the Robert Koch Institut (www.rki.de), RIVM in NL (www.rivm.nl), Johns Hopkins Institute (www.coronavirus.jhu.edu) etc.
    And furthermore, keep an eye on your own government's website for the coronavirus! (I only know 3 of them, all in the Benelux, but you know where to look ;) )


    Edit Piaf zegt: I do NOT want to kill any discussion about COVID-19! But please, do it in the "normal" threads. (The Hot Tub for instance.)
     
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    (and my hope is, that this thread can be deleted quickly, rather yesterday, than tomorrow!)
     
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    It's way too early to tell. They're not going to cancel or postpone until the government says they have to, and that's the same with all events, everywhere. I'm led to believe there are huge costs involved with cancelling an event like this without strict instruction to do so, i.e. it's not just a case of giving everyone their ticket money back. Realistically speaking, don't make any non-refundable purchases until at least a few months before the festival is due to start. In the meantime, keep an eye on the exchange rate, get your camping gear ready, make sure your passport is valid, and maybe book some accommodation with free cancellation. I know flights are cheaper the earlier you book them, but the way things have been going this last year I wouldn't jump the gun; it's going to be a nightmare trying to get your money back.
     
  4. cxm

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    Thanks to Quark for creating this topic.

    You are so right. It seems W: O: A will take great risks. And people too.. I hope everything will be better.

    Actually, maybe it would have been a better idea if W: O: A hadn't planned to hold the festival this year.. Perhaps it would be the best option not to organize the festival instead of everything being so uncertain. However, this could mean an economic crisis for W: O: A.
     
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    I hope so.. :(
     
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    While I agree the uncertainty of not knowing if it will happen this year is super uncomfortable, especially for those of us with long journeys, we still don't know what is going to happen. For those of us outside the EU we not only need to keep an eye on EU regulations for travel but also our respective countries. For this of us here in the States we'll need to monitor the CDC and State Department for guidance.

    If last year were any indicator of what will happen I looked at three festivals as a litmus test; Download, Hellfest, and RaR and RiP. If those three cancel I cannot see how WOA will go on. I believe those were called in April or May if memory serves me correctly.

    Here in the States the vaccine rollout has been hampered. Hopefully with Biden coming in we can turn this around.

    Point is hopefully decisions will become clearer sooner for us traveling in from outside the EU.
     
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    For Graspop, a decision will be made mid March.
    Hellfest has written a letter to the Secretary of Culture in France, to know what can/has to happen! But as we all know, France reacts slowly.

    And I reckon, this goes for all governments.

    We'll just have to wait.
     

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