Dutch fitness centres and gyms have reacted angrily to the government’s decision not to allow them to reopen until September, although prime minister Mark Rutte did pledge to start talks about an earlier opening.
Sector lobby group NL Actief said the government’s decision, announced at a news conference on Wednesday night, is ‘unacceptable’. It said the arguments used by the government – such as the 1.5 metre distance requirement – did not hold water.
During his press conference Rutte spoke about the problems associated with gyms, in which ‘you get sweaty in small spaces ‘ and about the difficulty of ensuring equipment is cleaned.
‘We are not going to let this drop. The government is leaving 4,000 companies and three million people in the cold,’ the organisation said. ‘We are going all out with our entire network to fight this, and to demand a new compensation ruling for companies and the self-employed in our sector.’
The government has said adults can start practicising sports outside again from May 11, as long as there is no physical contact, and has agreed to open swimming pools.
Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl
The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation.
DutchNews.nl has been free for 16 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.
If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to,
you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.