The demissionary cabinet will come up with additional measures this week to combat the coronacrisis. On Wednesday at the beginning of the afternoon, coronaminister Hugo de Jonge and Prime Minister Mark Rutte hold a press conference. They will most likely announce a curfew there, although support from the Chamber does not seem to be a run.
Curfew will be introduced at the earliest Friday, but possibly only after the weekend.
De Jonge refers to the opinion of the OMT on the advancing of the British variant of the coronavirus, which is around 30% more contagious. It is expected that this mutant will cover half of the infestations next month.
“ The Cabinet therefore considers it necessary to take additional measures in the shortest possible time,” writes the Coronaminister.
Curfew and entry ban
The Cabinet is heading towards setting a curfew and further restricting visits and meetings. Geographical boundaries are also an option, as in Germany and France, where residents are allowed to move around their homes in a limited radius. Even a total stay at home is an option. A ban on entry from the United Kingdom, as the House of Representatives advocated last week, seems certain.
The additional measures are being taken not only in view of the advance of the British variant, but also of the reopening of the schools, which will provide additional dissemination.
If the cabinet decides to prohibit going out into the streets between eight oclock in the evening and four oclock in the morning, the measure will not have been introduced the same evening, but only at the earliest Friday or after the weekend.
After all, employers must be given time to make preparations. Moreover, the Cabinet wants to refer the measure to the House of Representatives, even if it is not formally necessary.
In the Chamber, the attitude towards curfew seems to be shifting, but support from a majority is not yet certain. For example, Coalition Party D66 wants a good foundation first. “And there is not yet,” says a group spokesman. “We havent seen anything yet.” Behind the scenes it can be heard that the OMT opinion has only been concisely transmitted orally to the relevant administrators.
The House of Representatives is probably debating the measure on Thursday, or perhaps even the same day, on Wednesday.
In Amsterdam, people are not waiting for a curfew.