Amsterdam’s DGTL Festival, which was due to take place over the Easter weekend but was forced to cancel due to the coronavirus outbreak, is recouping its $2.3 million investment from insurers.
Tom Veldhuis, co-founder DGTL organisers Apenkooi Events, revealed to the New York Times that the event was lucky to be covered, after an employee “accidentally” selected pandemic coverage while filling out a form.
He said:: “When we renewed our insurance policies, one my employees sort accidentally ticked the ‘pandemic’ box on the insurance form. We’re getting our roughly $2.3 million investment back. Otherwise it would have been quite a blow.”
Joris Voorn is also quoted in the NYT piece, saying: “I’m pretty sure I won’t be doing any gigs this year. No. 1: I fly around the world. No. 2: I play in front tens thousands people. Unless there is a miracle, I don’t think these two things will be possible anywhere this year and perhaps not next year.”
Yesterday, April 21, Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced an extension on the ban large-scale gatherings in the country until August 31.
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