The demissionary cabinet will probably decide to put the curfew into effect an hour later. According to insiders, that option will be on the table tomorrow at Cabinets deliberations on the Coronapandemic. Tomorrow evening, Prime Minister Rutte and Minister De Jonge will hold another press conference.
Many mayors would like to move the starting point of the measure from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. and, according to insiders, there is a high probability that the Cabinet will take over. Demissionary Minister Grapperhaus of Justice said at the Security Council with the mayors in Utrecht that the subsequent curfew will be “seriously considered”. He speaks of a “very understandable and reasoned suggestion”.
Daylight saving time
The mayors point to the start of daylight saving time, which also makes it light longer in the evening. The beautiful spring weather also plays a role and next to that, mid-April, Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims, begins. They then often go to family after sunset for breaking fasting. Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam said today that this makes it “very complicated” for people.
“In short, the mayors find a curfew that starts at 9 p.m.,” says reporter Henrik-Willem Hofs. President Bruls of the Security Council, the consultation of all security regions, wonders whether the current curfew measure still adequately combats the virus.
Among others Bruls and the Hilversum mayor Broertjes believe that national politics should not only look at the contamination and hospital figures when taking measures: