On 18th September 2020, the Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, together with Hugo de Jonge, held a press conference to talk about new health policies to front the coronavirus problem.
In the conference, which lasted just over an hour, he reminded the population that Covid-19 is rapidly increasing and starting to cause problems – especially in the Randstad (NDR: the area encompassing the four major Dutch cities). The reproduction rate of the virus in the Netherlands has risen to 1.4; if nothing changes, this could mean ten thousand daily cases in a few weeks. Some of the main culprits are workplaces and student living spaces.
The New Corona Rules (Maatregels)
New health safety rules were announced:
- Symptomatic children until the age of 13 do not need to be tested and are still allowed to go to school. They can still be tested if so desired.
- In the HORECA sector, no new guests are allowed after midnight, and any facility must be closed at 1 am.
- Takeaway cannot sell alcohol after 1 am, and must close by 2 am.
- Gatherings of more than fifty people are no longer allowed.
Additional rules will be enforced regionally.