New coronavirus measures to hit major Dutch cities

A sharp increase in figures has prompted the Dutch government to implement new measures for some regions of the Netherlands. 

Amsterdam-Amstelland, Rotterdam-Rijnmond, Haaglanden (The Hague), Utrecht, Kennemerland (Haarlem) and Hollands Midden (Leiden) are likely regions that will be subject to the new measures. However, additional areas have not yet been ruled out.

What the measures will be comprised of is currently hush-hush, according to Minister for Public Health, Hugo de Jonge. “On Friday we will enter into consultations with the regions that turn orange and we will announce the package of measures,” he says.

By implementing regional measures, De Jonge is hoping to avoid another large-scale national lockdown.

“There is not a silver bullet to reduce the number of infections,” says De Jonge. “We want to hit the virus hard, but the economy and society as little as possible.”

READ MORE | Coronavirus in the Netherlands: all you need to know [UPDATED]

Steep rise in infections of young people

There were 1542 new infections reported yesterday, a record for daily infections since widespread testing was introduced on June 1. The majority of new infections are found in 20-29 year-olds.

“We are increasingly seeing where the infections are and we will therefore take targeted measures,” explains De Jonge. “We see that the infections are mainly among young people, among students. The catering industry is also growing slightly more.”

Potential new measures for restaurants, cafes, and bars

The association for the hospitality industry, Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN), is concerned that the government will implement new measures for the industry. Among these, a mandatory closure from midnight in some major cities could be on the cards.

However, KHN is worried about the negative impact on establishments — and that it won’t solve the problem. A spokesperson points out that only 113 people in the last week were confirmed to have become infected from the catering industry. Prime Minister Mark Rutte has previously confirmed that the majority of infections take place in the home.

“KHN expects with this disproportionate measure that additional unrest will arise in the street, as people will move to public spaces, such as squares, parks and streets. In addition, guests can also move to neighbourhood municipalities,” said a KHN spokesperson.

Will you be impacted by the potential new corona measures? Do you think the government is reacting fairly? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Samantha Dixon 🇦🇺
Sam isn’t great at being Dutch. Originally hailing from Australia, she came to study in the Netherlands without knowing where the country was on a map. She once accidentally ordered the entire ice-cream menu at Smullers. She still can’t jump on the back of a moving bike. But, she remains fascinated by the tiny land of tall people.

1 COMMENT

  1. It’s a little disconcerting how many dumb Dutch people there are. Eigenwijs!!! To lower the risk of getting or spreading the virus, until a vaccine is found, SOCIAL DISTANCE, WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN, AND WEAR A MASK. And university students who do not adhere to these simple rules and listen to scientific experts are willfully ignorant and/or too stupid to be allowed into a university. Ik had een goede opvoeding van mijn ouders: Denk aan andere mensen en niet altijd aan jezelf.

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