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The Forum and the coronavirus

Last updated - 27 november 2021

Forum Groningen at Nieuwe Markt 1 and our Forum libraries in the city of Groningen are open to the public. You can wile away the hours watching films, attending events, chilling on the roof, reading the newspaper, riding the escalators and discovering the creative process behind comics, animation and games at Storyworld.

Pre-book your tickets online

If you’re coming to see a film, attend an event or visit the Game On exhibition or the Storyworld museum, pre-book your tickets through this website. This prevents queues at the ticket desk, guarantees you a ticket and means we can contact you if we need to give you information or unexpectedly cancel or postpone something.

COVID rules from Saturday 6 November onwards:

  • Stay home if you have any symptoms and/or if you test positive.
  • You must show your coronavirus entry pass (in combination with your ID card) when visiting an exhibition, Storyworld, film screenings, activities and events, and the catering facilities at Forum Groningen. Read more below.
  • You must wear a face mask when walking around in the building and during your visit to Game On and Storyworld. You may take off your face mask when you are seated.
  • Stay 1.5 metres (6 feet) apart form other visitors
  • The Forum closes at 5pm

Buy your tickets online before your visit and arrive on time

If you are visiting an exhibition, a film screening or another event for which you need a coronavirus entry pass, we recommend buying your tickets online before you visit and please arrive on time. This prevents queues at the ticket desk, gives us the time to scan your coronavirus entry pass, and means we can contact you if we need to unexpectedly cancel or postpone an event.

Face mask rules

You must wear a face mask when walking around in Forum Groningen and during your visit to Game On and Storyworld. You can take it off when you sit down, for example to study or read a book or newspaper. 

Café and restaurant

The Cafés and restaurants close their doors at 5pm.

Forum Groningen offers a variety of spaces and activities. You will need to show a COVID certificate in order to access some (but not all) spaces and activities. Below we explain what you can expect for each activity.

Coronavirus entry pass required:

Films

Visitors must show their coronavirus entry pass and ID card at the entrance to our cinemas.

Exhibition and Storyworld

From Saturday 6 November, visitors must show a coronavirus entry pass and their ID card at the entrance to Storyworld and the Game On exhibition.

Events, talk shows, talks, workshops, etc.

When accessing other events and activities for which you need a ticket/in the theatres, visitors must show a coronavirus entry pass in addition to their ID.

Catering facilities: NOK, Camera Café and STACH

Visitors must also show their coronavirus entry pass and ID at the NOK, Camera Café and STACH catering facilities in Forum Groningen (this includes the terrace), unless they are picking up takeaways.

No coronavirus entry pass required:

Forum Groningen and Forum libraries

You can visit Forum Groningen and the Forum libraries without having to show your coronavirus entry pass: you can collect and return books, browse the bookcases, read a newspaper, study, go up to the roof or even pay a visit to Wonderland. Face masks are compulsory, however.

Studying or reading a newspaper at Forum Groningen

You can access the seating and study spaces without a coronavirus entry pass. You must wear a face mask when walking around in the building.

How does the COVID certificate work?

At the entrance to the room, we will scan your QR code in the CoronaCheck app on your phone or from your paper certificate. The Dutch government website contains information on how to access the app or paper certificate. You may also be asked for your ID during the check.

For more information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) please refer to NOS news broadcasts, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the 'Steffie' website. For any questions about our services, please contact our Customer Support.

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