Mark Rutte and Hugo de Jonge made the announcements in a press conference yesterday
Translated by Thomas Ansell
From Wednesday 28 April the curfew is to be lifted, with pub and restaurant terraces also to open (under limitations). The announcements were made yesterday during Dutch PM Mark Rutte’s Coronavirus update press conference. As reported by the NOS.
Pub, café and restaurant terraces can open with a maximum of two people per table (more if everyone is from the same household), and a maximum of 50 people even on the largest of terraces. People will have to reserve their table, and terraces can only open between 12:00 and 18:00.
Urgent advice regarding home visits has also been slightly loosened: people may now receive two people at home each day. Funerals may also now have one hundred attendees.
A series of field-lab events looking into ways that quicktests can be used to have safe events, now have a suspension option if more than 900 people are in IC beds in the Netherlands (that number is presently 823).
Shops may open for people without an appointment, but must close at 20:00 each day. Wearing a face mask is still required in public places, and there is to be a hard limit on the number of visitors each day. Shopping stewards will be used to control crowds.
Markets selling non-essential items may also be arranged from the end of the month.
From April 26, universities and other tertiary education institutions will be able to open for students one day per week, and it is likely that more will be allowed regarding sport from May 11.