It looks like the curfew will remain in force for a few weeks longer. That seems to be a prerequisite for a number of eases that the Cabinet is considering, sources say to DeccEit. The easing concerns not only high school students but also students and hairdressers. It is, however, about “very small” eases. The lockdown and also the curfew apply initially until 2 March.
Minister Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is now very much in favour of curfew. During the break of the debate in the House on better legal basis for the evening clock law, the CDA minister stressed that curfew works well and that around 94 percent of the population do not go out into the streets at night and at night.
Look here how Minister Grapperhaus says that curfew can contribute to easing:
In recent weeks, social pressure has increased hand over hand on the Cabinet to come up with at least some simplifications. More and more reports are being published about the psychological and economic damage caused by the lockdown in force since mid-December 2020.
The Cabinet recognizes that the call for easing is not to be ignored, says TCCEIT reporter Ron Fresen. “So if you want to expand a little, you need the curfew longer. The Cabinet is on that course now.”
The Cabinet will discuss Sunday in the Catshuis the approach that will be presented next Tuesday at a coronapers conference of Prime Minister Rutte and Minister De Jonge.
Opening education calculated
The Outbreak Management Team (OMT) is still busy with calculations to see what the consequences are when high school students get physical lessons again. It also studied the impact of easing for students in MBO, HBO and universities. The most important thing is that students and students can get lessons within 1.5 meters of each other, which means that not everyone can be present in the building at the same time.
“ The OMT is now studying whether secondary schools can open one and a half days on average per week and whether secondary vocational education and higher education can be opened one day a week,” Fresen knows.
So its still on the table, emphasises Fresen. “There is also discussion about it. Because coalition party D66 is not yet convinced of the extension of curfew.”
Step by step
Minister De Jonge van Health today warned about rapid eases after the end of a special Council of Ministers on corona. “That third wave is going to come. We just dont know when and how.” The simplifications must therefore really be “step by step”, says De Jonge. He understands corona madness among the Dutch. “But beware of taking too big steps, otherwise youll regret it in a month.”