The heads of the 25 Veiligheidsregios have said that supermarkets are becoming unsafe
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported by OOGTV, supermarkets are getting more and more busy, says the overarching public safety organisation in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is split into 25 ‘Safety Regions’ (Veiligheidsregios), whose heads all meet via the Veiligheidsberaad, and it is this organisation that has made the warning.
“We advise everyone to continue to keep to the regulations”, said a spokesperson for the Veiligheidsberaad. “So, come by yourself to do your groceries, make use of a shopping trolley, keep your distance from others and supermarket workers; and don’t let small children run through the store.”
The organisation says that the rules and guidelines made during the first peak of the Coronavirus remain unchanged, but that the public mood had changed, with people seeing complete families visiting supermarkets.
One possible cause, according to the Veiligheidsberaad, is tourism. With the Netherlands having re-opened its borders to tourists from across the EU, various tourists are now visiting the country without knowing the Netherlands’ rules. For example, people in Belgium may meet up with 15 people with no social distancing, whilst Dutch residents must also keep a 1.5-metre distance from eachother.
The Veiligheidsberaad did say that it will not yet ask enforcement officers (Handhaving) to enforce the rules. Officially, shops that do not keep to the rules can be handed a fine.