Foreign travel ban set to be extended to mid April, sources tell Telegraaf
The government is set to extend the recommendation to avoid all foreign travel until April 15, the Telegraaf reported in the latest of a string of leaks ahead of Monday evening’s coronavirus press conference.
Although a final decision still has to be taken, ministers are expected to approve the measure on Monday morning, ahead of this evening’s live broadcast. The ban on foreign travel was due to expire at the end of March.
This weekend, broadcaster NOS said ministers will not announce any new relaxation of the coronavirus rules at Monday’s press conference but will clear the way for changes in three weeks time.
This means the curfew will extended to the end of the month, NOS said. Ministers met on Saturday to discuss the latest situation.
However, ministers are expected to open the door to changes at the end of the month, if the infection rate declines. This could mean limited opening of café terraces and physical lessons at hbo colleges and universities, NOS said. The AD suggests terraces could reopen for the Easter weekend.
According to the Telegraaf, however, swimming lessons for children will also resume in mid March.
The NOS sources say ministers will also look at the option of giving people who have been vaccinated or who have negative fast test to have ‘more freedom’, although they are keen not to give rise to suggestions people are being forced to have vaccinations against their will.
Ministers have already agreed that people working on the election, such as vote counters and polling station volunteers, will be exempt from the curfew on March 15, 16 and 17 during the general election.
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