Restaurants protest over late information on Covid restrictions for hospitality sector

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Several catering businesses in Horst aan de Maas in Noord Limburg and Egmond aan Zee in Noord Holland threatened to open on Saturday after the Cabinet gave no clear indication until the weekend whether the food sector restoration could reopen next week. The KHN said on Friday it would support the initiatives “now that there is no clarity again.”

On Saturday, information was leaked on the latest advice from the outbreak management team at Cabinet. In the advice, experts said all sectors could safely reopen until 8 p.m. The KHN said on Saturday it was pleased with the advice, but stressed that many entrepreneurs were still struggling. “The UNWTO advice which will hopefully be heeded on Tuesday is a good step towards a full reopening, but with mixed feelings. There is still no prospect for entrepreneurs who have yet to keep their businesses closed. , like nightclubs,” KHN said on Saturday.

Horst aan Maas Mayor Ryan Palmen said he understood the protest and supported the restaurant industry. Thirty cafes and restaurants open at 12 p.m. The establishments will close again at 4 p.m. as agreed with the mayor.

The municipality of Bergen, which includes Egmond aan Zee, said it supported the call for the lifting of coronavirus measures, especially for the catering sector, but would nevertheless enforce the restrictions. “What is not allowed is not allowed,” said a spokesman for the mayor of Bergen, Lours Voskuil. The municipality said it would first issue a warning before issuing fines.

The Royal Hospitality Union (KHN) was disappointed that there was no clarity before the weekend on the relaxation of Covid-19 measures. At the press conference following Friday’s Council of Ministers, Prime Minister Mark Rutte merely said he was “moderately optimistic” that the Cabinet could announce easing on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister is still concerned about the “incredibly high” infection figures being reported daily. On the positive side, hospital admissions continue to decline. Rutte and Health Minister Ernst Kuipers will hold another press conference on Tuesday.

KHN said that from all the conversations he had in The Hague, it is clear that “the signals are green for a reopening of the restaurant industry”. From January 26, the hotel sector would then be authorized to open until 8 p.m. KHN’s spokesperson said on Friday.

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