The government is preparing to scrap the last remaining coronavirus restrictions in the Netherlands at the end of the month, sources have told NOS.
Prime minister Mark Rutte indicated this week that the cabinet was ‘cautiously optimistic’ about extending the closing time of 10pm at next week’s press conference, which could mean bars, restaurants and theatres are allowed to stay open as late as 1am.
NOS reported that the cabinet wants to abolish social distancing and the advice to work from home from February 25, which would allow theatres, cinemas and sports stadiums to admit full houses again.
Ministers are also set to scrap the coronavirus entry pass system after the Labour party (PvdA) said it was against introducing a German-style 2G pass. That would mean people who have not been vaccinated or received their second jab more than nine months ago would no longer be able to get into venues with a negative test result.
PvdA group leader Attje Kuiken told RTL the measure was too strict and unjustified. ‘Research has shown that 2G is ineffective and disproportionate at the moment.’
The cabinet is considering introducing a 1G system instead, which would require everyone to take a test on entry, regardless of vaccination status. Coalition party ChristenUnie originally proposed the idea last year.
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