The pubs were rather crowded and group size was limited at meetings. These new measures by the Cabinet will apply from Sunday onwards in the six security regions that are at risk in terms of corona contamination.
In addition, the Randstad regions (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Hollands Midden and Kennemerland) may also take additional measures themselves, with the Cabinets approval. Most opt for roughly the same measures: more intensive cooperation with groups surrounded by corona, stricter compliance with existing rules and special window times for vulnerable groups, for example in libraries and swimming pools.
“I hope it will increase the urgency a little,” says Rotterdam Mayor Aboutaleb about the new measures in his city. “Today there were again hundreds of infections in Rotterdam, and unfortunately a few deaths and hospital admissions. Its serious, the virus hasnt gone away”
According to the mayor, all Dutch people are collectively responsible for the resurgence of the virus. “After 1 June, we all let things wear off together. We said to the people: we have it under control, we can go on holiday again, etcetera In doing so, we have created the climate of it doesnt have to be any more. And that really is a bad signal. This is only the beginning of many more measures, I am afraid
Many additional measures, on top of those of the cabinet, Aboutaleb is not taking: in markets and in supermarkets, compliance with the corona measures is being enforced more robustly again, he says.
Contact is also being sought with two groups in Rotterdam in which there are many new infections: students and migrants. The first group is called upon to come forward with good ideas to prevent infections in student houses. The best idea is rewarded with €10,000. Migrant organisations are called upon to help make the coronavirus measures clear to people who do not speak Dutch. The municipality wants to help with money for, for example, websites or printed matter.
No more parties in the park or on the beach
The Kennemerland region (Zandvoort, Haarlem and the surrounding area) is also focusing on more intensive cooperation with students, people in their twenties and migrant groups. In addition, more energy is being put into preventing illegal parties in recreational areas, and music performances and parties with amplified music remain prohibited on the beaches of Bloemendaal and Zandvoort.
From now on Amsterdam-Amstelland will also close parks at night in order to prevent illegal parties, but it is still unclear exactly which locations are involved. It is also unclear how the municipality will close unfenced parks.
In the Haaglanden region, checks will be carried out at catering establishments, party halls, sports facilities and student associations. If the rules are broken following a warning, the parks will be closed for two weeks, then one month and then even three months. “We do this not because we like it, but to ensure that the number of infections is reduced,” says the mayor of The Hague, Mr Van Zanen.
Utrecht is asking umbrella organisations of sports, study and social clubs to come up with their own action plan next week to reduce the spread.
The safety region Hollands Midden (Leiden and surroundings) will stick to the governments measures and will not opt for additional rules. This already goes far enough, according to Leiden Mayor Lenferink. “Its really slack, we can see that everywhere in the Netherlands. This alertness must be restored