Cafés, restaurants, cinemas and theaters will remain closed for the next ten days. The cabinet considers further relaxation to be unwise because the corona infections are increasing rapidly. On January 25, it will be reconsidered whether the catering and cultural sector can open.
The cabinet will continue to relax the quarantine rules. Now everyone with an infected housemate must also stay indoors for ten days. That will change: people with a crucial profession do not have to stay at home if a roommate is positive. These employees may not have any complaints themselves, they must do a self-test every day and a PCR test after day 5.
The quarantine obligation also expires for people who had a booster at least a week ago and for people who had corona less than eight weeks ago. With this, the cabinet hopes to prevent too many employees from being stuck at home.
At 7 p.m., Prime Minister Rutte and Minister Kuipers of Health, Welfare and Sport will give a press conference, which can be followed live on NPO1.
There is a lot of indignation within the catering and cultural sector. The catering industry finds it unjust that relaxation is possible for other sectors, such as shops, higher education and sports. Today it was announced that non-essential stores are allowed to receive customers until 5 p.m. without an appointment. Yesterday there was talk that these stores would only open by appointment.
But the cabinet does not want to make an exception for the catering industry and culture. The chairman of Koninklijke Horeca Nederland Robèr Willemsen is stunned by the decision. “It’s worthless and obvious that we are at the back of the line.” He fears that there will be a lot of public opposition to the decision. “I do not understand.”