Entrepreneurs had wanted to cash in on the Pentecost weekend at the end of May
Hospitality establishments in the Netherlands will not be allowed to welcome visitors to their terraces before 1 June. This is reported by sources in The Hague, and it is likely that Prime Minister Rutte will make this known tonight in a televised speech.
Entrepreneurs and owners were hoping to open on May 31 or even May 30: the Pentecost weekend that was seen by the owners as an ideal weekend to open again.
However, the Security Council, which brings together mayors from all 25 Security regions, requested that the terraces be opened no earlier than June 1, OOGTV reports. An earlier opening could not be properly policed, and now the Dutch cabinet is adopting this advice.
The government also does not want the catering industry to open from midnight on 1 June, as some hairdressers did for example at the opening on 11 May. This should prevent all kinds of parties or other gatherings from being organised in establishments. A final decision will be taken by the cabinet on Tuesday when the relaxation of the corona measures is discussed.