The OMT advises Dutch cabinet to relax measures for education, sports, and retail

After pleas from shopkeepers and municipalities alike, the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) sees the possibility to relax measures for education, sports, and retail in what seems like a much-needed comeback for these sectors.

In the meantime, the cultural and catering industries will have to wait a bit longer, reports

A change of heart

The cabinet, RIVM experts, and the OMT are discussing the coronavirus situation, but a decision has not been made regarding the reopening of these sectors. The first press conference with the new Dutch cabinet will give the final word tomorrow.

The hard lockdown is set to end on Saturday, January 15, and due to the advice of the OMT, university and MBO students may get the chance for physical lessons again. There is also a chance that shopping and hairdresser appointments may return.

However, the cabinet wants to give business owners some leeway and “take things in small steps” to work on a proper reopening.

Hope for the future?

Although the omicron variant’s infection peak is still expected to hit the Netherlands, this seems like a big turn of events for the cabinet and OMT to consider relaxing restrictions. Despite the rate of coronavirus infections, many business owners have announced their reopening regardless of restrictions given the economic circumstances of these businesses.

On a brighter note, Belgian virologist Marc van Ranst has told Het Parool that the omicron variant is more similar to the flu. And there are other studies showing significantly fewer hospitalisations.

What do you think of the relaxation of restrictions for education, sports, and shops? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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Katrien Nivera πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­
Third culture kid Katrien is a Philippine native living in the Netherlands to finish her master's degree in political communication. You can usually find her trying to organize everything on Notion and the sticky notes app, otherwise, she’s nose-deep in a good book or obsessing over film soundtracks and video games.


  1. There is simply nothing to be gained from stopping a population being exposed to something that may make them I’ll but won’t hospitalise or kill them. Logically, if there were , we would lockdown every winter for flu. For those who are unvaccinated and may indeed be hospitalised and die. Tough. That is the corollary consequence for the freedom you exercc CV use.


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