“Less Coronavirus in the Northern Netherlands, no reason to be less strict”
The Outbreak Management Team, which is responsible for planning and advising the Dutch government around the current Coronavirus outbreak, has told the Dutch cabinet that relaxing regulations in the North first is a bad idea, reports the GIC.
The cabinet will hold a press conference on the corona crisis on Tuesday evening at 19:00, which can be watched live on NOS.nl. The Northern Times will provide an English-language translation on Wednesday morning.
According to RTL Nieuws, the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) advised the cabinet not to relax the measures in the North more than elsewhere. The OMT may have advised that primary school children can go back to school. That should then be done in small groups, spread over the day. School holidays should be shortened.
With regard to the hospitality industry, the OMT is likely to have advised that it should remain closed until 16 May anyway. Large events are canceled until September or October, and will continue to be so.
According to the OMT, care institutions should be given the opportunity to expand their visiting arrangements so that 1 or 2 people can visit again. Museums and zoos may also be allowed to reopen under strict conditions.
Image via the RIVM. Please note that darker colours indicate a higher prevalence of COVID-19 infection