Friday January 14, 2022
Innkeepers outraged Netherlands end strict lockdown
Everyday life in the Netherlands has come to a standstill since December 19. The number of infections is still increasing, but not the number of patients. That is why the government in The Hague is allowing cautious opening steps. Strict measures remain, but may be ignored.
The Netherlands is ending its strict corona lockdown after almost four weeks and under strong pressure from entrepreneurs. Shops, hairdressers and sports clubs as well as universities may reopen from Saturday. This was announced by Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague in the evening. Restaurants, museums, theaters and cinemas, on the other hand, remain closed. Restaurant owners and the cultural sector are outraged. In view of the dramatically increasing number of infections, more sectors could not be opened at the same time, Rutte justified the decision. “You can’t do everything at the same time, the risk is too great.” There may be new easing at the end of the month. The Dutch Minister of Health Ernst Kuipers spoke of a “new phase of the pandemic”. The need among citizens and entrepreneurs is great. “We have to learn to live with the virus.” However, the risk of the healthcare system being overloaded remains high.
Innkeepers still want to open
Resistance to the tough measures had increased sharply in the past few days. Restaurant owners have already announced protests for Saturday and want to open their cafes and restaurants despite the ban. In many cases they are supported by their mayors. In the southern city of Valkenburg near Aachen, for example, numerous shops and restaurants were already open on Friday. According to the government’s decision, shops are again allowed to receive customers until 5 p.m. every day. Citizens are allowed to meet at home with up to four visitors, previously there were only two. The quarantine obligation does not apply to those who have received a booster vaccination or were infected this year. So far, only supermarkets or pharmacies have been open. The lockdown from December 19 should give the hospitals some breathing room. Despite daily highs in new infections, the number of patients in hospitals has fallen. More than 35,000 new infections were registered on Friday – more than ever before. That’s more than 1,300 cases per 100,000 people in seven days. In Germany, the seven-day incidence is currently 470.
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