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11-11 in Den Bosch continues: ‘But I do have a stomachache’

Despite the increasing criticism of the celebration of 11-11 next Thursday, Mayor Jack Mikkers of Den Bosch will not change the plans. 25,000 people come there to celebrate the start of Carnival. “I want it regulated.”

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Please note: it will not be a normal Eleventh of the Eleventh, emphasizes Mikkers. “The 11-11 activities are cancelled, the protocols are cancelled.”

Instead, there is a collaboration between the cafes in Den Bosch. You can enter all bars with special 11-11 wristbands. There is room for 25,000 lucky ones. “We canceled the activities two weeks ago. But the catering industry is open and I would like to have it regulated. Then we know how many people are coming and we have checked everyone’s corona admission ticket.”

“I call on people not to come to the city. There is no entertainment here.”

But the mayor is concerned. “Any accumulation of people is a concern right now.” There are calls from various quarters to cancel the start of carnival. But this controlled form of the Eleventh of the Eleventh is the least evil option as far as Mikkers is concerned. “The catering industry is open, I can’t close it. If I don’t organize anything, I risk that many more people will come to Den Bosch.”

And that is precisely not the intention. “I also call on all other people not to come to the city. There is no entertainment here.” Except for 25,000 selected people with a wristband. “And a lot is enforced. By us, and the catering industry has invested in security. Together we have a lot of enforcers in the city.”

The risk that more infections will arise because there are 25,000 people together in the city is of course present. “Do I think it’s a danger? Does it give me a stomachache? Of course. Everywhere where many people come together, I get a stomachache.” Still, Mikkers doesn’t have much choice. “Friday there will be another press conference. At the moment it is as it is.”

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