Experts to advise cabinet on next stage of lockdown relief plan

Alternative tables - Bar Bukowski, Amsterdam Oost. Credit:
Restaurants will be allowed up to 100 guests if all goes to plan. Photo:

The Outbreak Management team is meeting to decide whether the next stage of relaxing the Dutch lockdown measures can go ahead on July 1.

The cabinet is expected to confirm on Wednesday that the plan can proceed after studying the expert advice. Museums, cinemas and restaurants will be able to accommodate 100 visitors rather than the current limit of 30.

The same limits will apply to weddings, funerals and religious services, but people will still have to observe the basic 1.5 metre social distancing rule. Sports clubs, saunas and casinos will also be able to reopen.

Prime minister Mark Rutte stressed when he outlined the schedule in April that the dates were dependent on the spread of the virus remaining under control and lockdown measures would be reintroduced if necessary. In recent weeks the number of new cases has fallen to around 100 a day and deaths to an average of five.

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