Cabinet wants to relax faster: society largely open as of February 25

The cabinet will almost certainly announce tomorrow at the corona press conference that most measures will be lifted on 25 February, next Friday. Only a number of basic advice, such as no shaking hands, hygiene, ventilation and testing in case of complaints, are maintained. Thats what sources in The Hague say. The cabinet thus goes further than the advice of the Outbreak Management Team.

Face masks no longer need to be worn and no longer need to be kept one and a half meters away. The advice to work from home as much as possible expires.

In the cultural sector and the hospitality industry, the normal situation comes back sooner than expected. Now they have to be closed by 10 pm. From this Friday, 18 February, that will go to 1am at night. A week later, the regular general closing times are back in force. February 25 is also the day the carnival begins.

The much criticized corona access certificate (ctb) disappears into the refrigerator and is only removed from the stable if a situation arises in which it really has added value. However, it may be that the CTB is still necessary to travel abroad, because other countries set this as a condition.

From 25 February, 1G will apply to festivals and events where many people attend, that is, they are accessible with a negative test.

Last week it became clear that the cabinet wants to go in this direction, because the pandemic no longer causes major problems in healthcare. Tomorrow, in the cabinet, the knot will be tied to that. Then it is mainly about the practical design of the easing, say the sources.

Tomorrow evening at 7:00pm is the press conference. For the first time, Prime Minister Rutte will not be present. The announcements are made by Minister Kuipers of Health.