The Netherlands wants to establish new restrictions for the pandemic if the decreasing in hospital admissions proceeds to go on. This means less measures for sports and clubs, longer opening hours for bars, restaurants and cafes.
The Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte stated that this remains a balancing act right after the national health institute RMM came out with the report that the numbers of infections had significantly decreased under 6,000.
More specifically, the government is also contemplating to let cafes and restaurants work in their outdoor areas from May 19 with business hours from 6am until 8pm. Apart from cafes, Rutte also mentioned that sex workers will continue to work again.
Museums and sports events will continue to be closed at an unspecified time, whereas open museums will open but with limited people.
The government, together with the ministers will come out with a final decision about the upcoming new measures on May 17, however, all of this will depend on the numbers of infections and the hospital admissions.
Moreover, according to the government’s Outbreak Management Team, hospitals’ intensive care must have a decrease of 20% during the week so that the new measures can be taken into implementation. At the moment, hospital admissions’ range is 10 to 20% which means that this is not enough for the new measures to become public.
When it comes to education and schools, the government’s implementation of plans will be public in the next two weeks and they will state whether secondary schools will reopen, the omission of the 1.5 meter rule and new recommendations from the Outbreak Management Team.
According to the health minister Hugo de Jonge, while there has been a recommendation not to travel by plane, this is will be lifted on May 15. After Saturday, people will be able to travel abroad to green or yellow risk level countries, while also obeying to the restrictions in those certain countries. ”But bear in mind that other countries may also refuse entry to people from the Netherlands because they regard us as a high risk country.” stated De Jonge.