Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Dispute over corona easing: landlords are suing the Dutch government


Dispute over corona easing
Landlords are suing the Dutch government

The Dutch are waiting for the first easing, but the gastronomy sector should be left out. The innkeepers are now suing their own government for immediate opening. Even with the curfew, the dispute ended up in court – with a surprising outcome.

The largest Dutch gastronomy association has announced that it will sue the government over the corona measures. “We are very disappointed with the cabinet,” said the President of Royal Horeca Netherlands, Rober Willemsen. According to media reports, the government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants to announce easing on Tuesday, but not for the catering sector.

A relaxation for hairdressers and some schools is expected. A relaxation of the night curfew between 9:00 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. and a partial opening of restaurants, bars and cafes are not planned. Catering establishments have been closed in the Netherlands since mid-October.

The gastronomy association, which by its own account represents around 20,000 businesses with 255,000 employees, now wants to open it up “as quickly as possible” by court ruling. Many companies are facing bankruptcy. The association is also demanding financial compensation.

The Dutch government had to fight to maintain the curfew both in parliament and in court. The night curfew, which has been in place since mid-January and was extended to March 2, surprisingly became an acute problem last week. An administrative court had declared it unlawful and thus initially approved a lawsuit by the Corona protest group “Virus Truth”. On Friday, the parliament in The Hague approved the curfew.

Belgium rules out openings because of mutants

Until further notice, citizens are only allowed to leave their apartments between 9:00 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. in justified exceptional cases. On the first evenings after it came into force, there had been violent riots in numerous cities. The measure had only recently been extended to March 3.

In neighboring Belgium, the government ruled out any easing in the coming month. “We have to be very careful to avoid a third wave,” Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said at a press conference.

The reason for this is also the spread of mutated and more contagious variants of the coronavirus. The Belgian health authorities are currently assuming that 37 to 40 percent of the new infections are due to the British variant, said the responsible virologist Yves Van Laethem. Variants from South Africa and Brazil are also in circulation.



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