What does a city look like during the corona outbreak? Photographer Annelien Nijland is documenting the daily reality of one-and-a-half metre life. Part 12: Reopening.

The lockdown doors are ajar, but reopening isn’t that simple. How do you marry corona with a fun outing? Can you create a good vibe in a theatre when everyone is keeping their distance? Can a group of people climb your boulder wall, despite the restrictions? And can you keep control of your terrace when guests start to get rowdy? You want people to have fun, but not too much fun – try being the proprietor!

Photo by Annelien Nijland

At the Bolsjewiek Bar in the Stadstuin, the hub for start-ups and creative entrepreneurs, the festivities are being tempered. It’s in keeping with the style of this bar, located in the former stronghold of the Employee Insurance Agency in a dour, East European-like part of Europalaan. The distance between the tables has been measured and marked with tape, there’s a health check at the door, the sanitising hand gel is ready for use, the route has been set out and there’s a separate entrance and exit. But this won’t spoil the fun once you’re inside. The terrace has been extended, Russian pancakes are still on the menu and the brick oven is still churning out pizzas.

Photo by Annelien Nijland

Say what you like about corona, but this pandemic has brought out our creative side. The Energiehaven boulder hall has been building like mad to accommodate more visitors. The result: two outdoor walls with fixed fall mats, adding to the surface area of the indoor walls. With this extra climbing capacity, a bar that is about to reopen and (the icing on the cake) a drinks licence for the back garden, the party is complete. A one-and-a-half metre party obviously.