Tomorrowland’s mammoth two-weekend festival planned for late summer got a shot in the arm on Tuesday (May 11), as the Belgium government announced a goal to fully reopen the country by Sept. 1.
Belgium plans to ease most lockdown measures starting on June 9, provided the country’s vaccination program continues its current momentum and that the number of people in intensive care units stays under 500, government officials said.
Initially, the government will only authorize indoor events — including shows, exhibitions and theatres — up to a maximum of 200 people. Outside, up to 400 people will be allowed to attend events, such as festivals and outdoor screenings of the 2020 European soccer competition, which was postponed from last year. And people will still be required to wear masks and socially distance for large events wherever they are held in the country.
That could prove challenging for Tomorrowland, one of the biggest EDM events in the world, which typically draws about 400,000 attendees to Boom, Belgium. The 2019 edition ran six days over two weekends. After canceling last year, the festival scheduled its annual flagship event, normally held in July, to Aug. 27-29 and Sept. 3-5, because of ongoing COVID-19 flareups in Europe.