Curfew will be extended for three weeks after March 2. That, according to insiders, is the outcome of todays Catshuis Council. By prolonging the curfew, it is possible to allow for easing in other areas, such is the reasoning of the Cabinet.
For example, the intention is that the hairdressers can open again on 2 March, although it is under conditions, such as by appointment only and with triage to make sure that the customer has no complaints.
Schools partially open
As expected, secondary schools will also open partly from Monday 1 March. Students can then receive lessons there on average one and a half days a week.
In secondary vocational education, pupils can be taught about one day a week, say insiders. Higher education, HBO and universities remain closed for the time being.
It is also thought to make shopping by appointment possible. At non-essential stores it is only possible to purchase something via click and collect, but this may be expanded.
According to Minister De Jonge, the contamination figures are not going very well. “Actually, we are on the eve of a third wave, although we managed to slow it down.”
“ On the other hand, we see that people are struggling to stick to the measures. We want to take that into account.”
Next Tuesday, Prime Minister Rutte and Minister De Jonge will hold a press conference at which the new measures will be announced.
The insiders emphasise that the easing can be reversed if the contamination rates continue to rise sharply.