The cabinet and a group of 150 people from the cultural, sports, hospitality and other sectors are working to devise a long term plan for living with coronavirus, the Telegraaf said on Thursday.
The message, the paper said, is that it is now ‘up to the Dutch’, and that everyone will have to learn to adapt to the virus. That means, the paper said, family reunions in the summer, low key theatre shows in winter and education at home during lockdowns.
Sources in The Hague told the paper that the entire society, not just hospitals and company owners, will have to learn to adjust. The aim is to finalise the long-term plan by the end of January.
This week 150 people from all parts of society have been invited to take part in brainstorm sessions, described in an invitation circulating on LinkedIn as ‘creative and critical spirits’.
The sources suggest the plan will be combined with a review of the healthcare approach which is also underway. It will focus on three main areas: the basic rules such as not shaking hands; winter measures and emergency measures for when things go wrong.
In concrete terms, this means we will have to consider it normal to wear a face mask at school and in the train, the paper said.
A spokesman for health minister Hugo de Jonge has confirmed that a ‘separate working party’ is looking at the consequences of coronavirus for society but that there is ‘no firm division between healthcare and the economy’, the paper said.
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