The demissionary cabinet decides next Monday or two days later whether the simplifications that are in step two of the opening plan take effect. Insiders say that‘s the message in tomorrow’s press conference of Minister De Jonge and Prime Minister Rutte.
Step two means easing for so-called outdoor flow-through locations, such as amusement parks and zoos. They may, under conditions, allow people back in. The same applies to indoor swimming pools and gyms.
The possibilities for outdoor sports are also widened and art and culture practice in music schools, for example, are allowed again.
Originally it was planned that these eases would take effect on 12 May, but that was postponed by the Cabinet for at least a week because the hospitalizations did not go back yet.
The Cabinet is currently aiming at 19 May, because the decline has been deployed. However, since it is still uncertain whether the decline continues, the decision is only taken two days in advance. In other words, in a week‘s time, the Cabinet will say whether the simplifications take place a day later.
In addition to the previous opening plan, the Cabinet also plans to expand the opening hours for terraces. Now terraces may be open from 12.00 to 18.00. That’ll be 7:00 to 8:00. Whether this can take effect earlier than 19 May is not yet clear.
The Cabinet has also decided that the negative travel advice for the whole world will not be extended. This means that after 15 May it will be possible for countries to be set to yellow or green, which means that travelling there is no longer recommended.
This does not mean that tourists can go to these countries without conditions; most countries have travel restrictions for Dutch people.
Rutte and De Jonge will also discuss the rest of the opening plan tomorrow in the press conference. Step three is scheduled for 26 May. The question is whether that is still feasible.