‘Do not scream but use rattle’; tips for watching football together removed

The Ministry of Health has removed tips on how to watch football safely from the Internet during the lockdown. This happened after all sorts of jokes were made about it. Given the high number of infections and curfew, VWS considers it a โ€œwrong signalโ€ to watch football with a guest in the evening.

On rijksoverheid.nl there were, among other things, advice on watching football matches. For example, it was recommended to set up individual trays for chips and nuts and to create a grandstand with seats a metre and a half away. Tips were also given for scoring.

โ€œ Then you can, for example, without screaming, get up from your chair, dance and jump in your placeโ€, there was to read. โ€œOr play a song or use a ratchet to make sound anyway.โ€

Of course, the tips were for a limited company given the visitor advice. On social media, the last few days they have been amazed and all sorts of jokes were made about it.

Other people thought it was โ€œcuteโ€ that officials had thought about this.

When asked, a VWS spokesman says that the tips were removed yesterday because the ministry finds it โ€œa wrong signal to watch football together in the eveningโ€, given the high number of contaminants and strict measures such as curfew.

โ€œ Of course it has played a part in the fact that it came to the attention, but the reason is that we didnt think it appropriate now that the advice is to stay home as much as possible.โ€

Honk and confetti

The tips were posted online a month or two ago. The reason was that behavioural studies had shown that people want to know what else they can do.

Tips on visiting grandparents and celebrating birthdays are still there. For the latter, for example, you can have a party package with โ€œhat, horn and confettiโ€ delivered to the guests of an โ€œonline drink or cake momentโ€.

Infections of guests

Visit is the main cause of infections. Nearly 23% of infections were contracted last week during visits from or from others, according to GD research. This makes it the most common setting, after people living together and between partners (53 percent) and before the work situation (16 percent).