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Dutch Movie Theaters are still open, IDFA to run as planned, Despite partial lockdown, to remain open; meanwhile, the Dutch Theatres remain Open. Countdowns to the International Federation for the Arts to last, and ID FA continues to operate as anticipated, Even if a single-handed lock down is not imminent

Dutch Movie Theaters are still open, IDFA to run as planned, Despite partial lockdown, to remain open; meanwhile, the Dutch Theatres remain Open. Countdowns to the International Federation for the Arts to last, and ID FA continues to operate as anticipated, Even if a single-handed lock down is not imminent

The Netherlands imposed a partial lockdown on Friday, amid soaring COVID-19 infections, but the entertainment business escaped uncathed, with the cinemas remaining open, and the documentary festival IDFA will run as an in-person event as planned.

The 34th edition of IDFA will run Nov. 17 to 28 in Amsterdam. The festival said that the 34-day festival is delighted to announce the continued activities in person next week and cinemas remain open. All films, talks and performances will continue in full, with the utmost health and safety measures in effect.

The artists of the IDFA say, We highly appreciate the recognition of culture's importance in the new regulations, and it makes us believe in our responsibility and to organize a safe festival, as we continue to serve the resilience of international film community and the cultural life of Dutch society through such hard times.

The festival said that the industry activities such as IDFA Forum, Docs for Sale, IDFcademy and IDFC DocLab will continue as planned.

The event's COVID safeguards include a maximum capacity of 80% in most festival locations, the requirement for face masks on site and in theaters, and checks on COVD vaccination passes (unvaccinated guests will need to give if the results are negative from the past 24 hours).

The festival said that the government's decision on Friday that cafes and restaurants can't serve customers after 8 p.m. will affect some socializing at the festival, however.

In a statement, IBC said that it was assessing the impact and engaging with the stakeholders. "IBC is putting our work on the line and implementing adherence to our procedures," the statement said.

According to the BBC, Dutch vaccination rates are relatively high with 82.4% of over-12s having two doses, which is 73 percent of the population.