This week, we have updated our COVID-19 reports from France, Hungary and the Netherlands. On May 6th, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, unveiled a Plan for Culture, with specific measures especially regarding cultural workers’ social rights. The measures include the creation of a compensation fund for cancelled series or shootings and a 4-month exoneration of the social security contributions for artists.
In Hungary, the State Secretary for Culture announced a project to help independent performing artists. They can submit proposals for artistic performances to designated national cultural institutions and the selected artists will be remunerated immediately from a budget of about EUR 2.8 million. The performances will take place between thirty and ninety days after the pandemic emergency is called off.
The Dutch government announced that from May 11th onwards, libraries are allowed to open their doors to the public again, under the condition that visitors keep 1,5 meter distance from one-another. If the spread of the virus remains controlled, cinemas, concert halls and theatres may open their doors from June 1st onwards on the following conditions: a maximum of 30 people (including employees), 1,5 meters distance between people at all times and visitors need to reserve their tickets in advance. Museums and monuments may open if visitors pre-order their tickets, in order to guarantee the 1,5 meters distance.
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