Wim Kleinhuis also said that the Province has no direct say over any changes
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The Director of the ‘Veiligheidsregio Fryslân’, Wim Kleinhuis, says that though the Province itself has no direct say over any changes that might be made: “Our Chair speaks with the minister about the various measures, and we can advise, but we do not get directly asked what we think.” As reported by the Omrop Fryslân.
Kleinhuis does, however, hope to see some small changes to the Dutch government social distancing policy: “What I hope to see in the conference is more about what people can do within the existing rules. That’s with relation to how you carry out the 1.5-metre distancing regulation, for example at sports clubs. Then things can slowly loosen up. I expect that the Cabinet, on Tuesday, will make the regulations a touch looser, but not much. Sports like Tennis or Golf can be done under current conditions- you can play 1.5-metres apart”, he said.
However there certainly won’t be a large general lifting of regulations, he thinks. “You can’t say that meeting in big groups is ok, the risk of infection is far too high from that. Actually, I also want to say thank-you to people in Friesland, because it looks like they have really held to the rules. There are always those that don’t, but the majority of our residents have.”
Friesland has had a total of 48 people die whilst infected with the Coronavirus, and 455 people have tested positive. However, the testing is generally targeted at healthcare workers and people who have come to hospital, so the actual number of infections is likely to be much higher.