Nightlife will open up again: ‘It’s a two-sided feeling’

On Saturday the 25th of September, multiple nationwide covid measures will be lifted. This includes the Coronapass, which entails that guests at restaurants, bars, museums and other establishments will have to show proof of vaccination, proof for recovering from the virus or a negative covid test to be able to enter. Business owners are divided over this new rule. But the people at Shots Breda can’t wait to reopen.

The Dutch night life has been shut down for a few months, after the introduction of ‘Testen voor toegang’ failed to keep people safe. But this time, manager Loïs Haanskorf will make sure all of her costumers are safe within the doors of the shooter bar.

She is happy about the fact that her bar can reopen, but it is a double feeling for her. “We are very excited about this. Social distancing didn’t work for us, we are a club after all and people just can’t dance at a table while social distancing”, she explains.

The thing that confuses Loïs, is the fact that the bar will have to close down at midnight. “We get that more people will get infected if we reopen. But I don’t understand the difference between eleven and twelve o’clock. People will be drunk by then anyway and will be kissing each other either way.”

More entrepreneurs feel this way. Which is why businessowners have united to organize a protest on this upcoming Saturday. “Because of this, we do expect that it will be a busy night for us. The protest organizers made a deal with the mayor. We can now stay open until 00:45, so I’m curious to see how that will play out.”

The CoronaCheckApp is also an obstacle for many businesses. “We are going to check of course. We do want people to feel safe with us. But it will take the person checking a lot of time and effort.” Shots Breda does not have the recourses to hire a new employee to check the Corona passes, so their bouncer will take on the job. “There will definitely be people who do not want to cooperate, so our bouncer is not looking forward to this task.”

But making the decision to follow the rules wasn’t hard for Loïs. “We don’t entirely agree with this new rule or with mandatory vaccinations, but we do know that some people got infected last time we were open. So, we want to make sure that the risk of infection stays as low as possible. After all, we don’t want to become a place that people are scared to visit.”