The demissionary cabinet is not going to announce any easing of the corona measures on 21 April next Tuesday. Thats what a cabinet spokesman says after the Catshuis meeting this afternoon.
Last week we talked about the removal of curfew and the opening of terraces and shops in a week and a half, but the cabinet still thinks that this is too early because the peak in the number of contaminants has not yet been.
If the contamination figures allow, the opening of terraces and the removal of curfew are envisaged for the following week. Possibly, there will be a look at easing for shops and in education.
Minister De Jonge van Health has been trying to temper expectations a little over the past few days. After the De Nederlandse Vereniging van Hospitals had said to be bewildered by the eases that seemed to come, De Jonge said that “we will not do stupid things in sight of the port”.
The Cabinet wants to relax most of the measures in the direction of a summer without strict corona measures in a number of steps. The basic rules, such as the one and a half meters distance, frequent hand washing and staying at home in case of complaints, remain in force. Other simplifications in the roadmap include the opening of colleges and universities, the after-school care and the further opening of secondary and secondary education.
Next Tuesday, Prime Minister Rutte and Minister De Jonge will give a press conference on the corona measures. Then they make more clear about the intended order of the easing.