Sense eventually diffuses through
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported by the Omrop Fryslân, the Mayor of Harlinen Roel Sluiter (PvdA) announced on a radio programme on Sunday morning that from Monday all shops in Harlingen must request that their clients wear face-masks when inside.
Sluiter says that we need to stop endless discussions over the minutae of the regulations: “we’ve seen that the number of infections pays no heed and keeps rising, and you really have to do something then”. He went on to call the Coronavirus a “miserable illness” that can have serious consequences and that the Netherlands should use its understanding of the virus when thinking about rules.
The new regulation comes partially from Sluiter’s own experience with the Coronavirus, saying that both his son and his son’s partner both suffered from the disease. “It came really quite close”, he says.
Sluiter has therefore now asked all shopkeepers in the city to ask their clients to wear face masks when visiting the shops- which should lower the chances of a person spreading the virus should they be infected. “You absolutely cannot act as if it won’t happen to you”, says Sluiter, “it can jump at you in the most unexpected times”.
Source and contact tracing is becoming more and more difficult through the GGD’s, says the Mayor, because it’s not clear where people are picking up the virus. “It can come from various sources, and that’s the treacherous part of this. It’s really throwing our interpersonal lives off course, and so we need to try and find a new way.” The Mayor has, using this thinking, decided to ask people to wear masks.