MPs are outraged by the statements of the brand new Minister of Justice Dilan Yeşilgöz (VVD), who did not want to say clearly yesterday that the corona rules should be maintained. Coalition party D66 calls it “an unwise signal” and says, “If the minister does not make that call, how should mayors feel supported?”
The PvdA calls the ministers texts about this, which was questioned about entrepreneurs who want to open their case against the rules, a “bad signal”. Minister Yeşilgözs own party also demanded explanations today. “It must be maintained. We have asked the minister with the Chamber Committee to explain this reporting,” says VVD MP Ingrid Michon.
“To people themselves”
The minister answered yesterday to the question whether she wants to do things differently from her predecessor Ferd Grapperhaus, who sometimes received criticism that there was little control over compliance with the rules: “Compliance is more what you and I make of it than the police have to walk around there. Ultimately, corona, no matter how you turn it or turn it, is something we have to deal with together. So its really up to the people themselves to follow those rules. You also do it for your own health and your environment.”
And on the emphatic question of whether there will be enforced: “There will if – and that goes for every measure and rule of course – if we have agreed on something and you dont stick to it, then it can simply be maintained. But ultimately with corona, Im going to say it to you again, its also about our own responsibility and our own role in it.”
MP Hanneke van der Werf says: “It is important for police and boas that they feel supported by a clear call from the minister. The policy stands or falls with a willingness to enforce.” The D66 member reminds the minister that, as a VVD MP, she was still constantly insiding on the need to maintain.
Minister Yeşilgöz sent a parliamentary letter tonight in response to the fuss. She writes that tonight at the mayors in the Security Council, she will emphasize the importance of “enforcement as a final part of the measures”.
Several mayors have understood the announced actions of entrepreneurs and announced yesterday that they will not maintain. The Security Council, with the presidents of the 25 security regions, met digitally tonight to discuss the situation. President Mayor Hubert Bruls said afterwards: “First of all, we ask for responsibility from people themselves. The government maintains if it fails. First inform, then warn and close in the extreme case. We really dont suddenly go around like crazy with the receipt book.”
Today, there were more announcements of rebellion: many hospitality entrepreneurs want to open their business in protest on Saturday in the absence of relaxation. They want the relaxation to be distributed proportionally across the different sectors. The now leaked relaxations apply to gyms, barbershops, colleges and universities, among others. It also looks like non-essential stores are allowed to reopen by appointment.