Tuesday 02 June 2020

Cancelled summer holidays may not be covered by insurance, travellers warned

Cancelled summer holidays may not be covered by insurance, travellers warned

Travellers who have to cancel their summer holidays if a second wave of coronavirus breaks out may not be able to reclaim on their insurance. Several companies have changed their policies to exclude trips that are affected by countries going back into lockdown over the summer, according to a survey by financial researchers MoneyView. Holidays that were cancelled during the lockdown period in the spring were covered by most insurers if they were booked before the restrictions came into force.... More >

Travel agents' revenue plunged 20%

Business confidence in the service industry has ‘collapsed completely’ because of the coronavirus crisis with travel agencies taking the biggest blow, recent figures from national statistics agency CBS have shown. Business confidence is based on the revenue from the previous quarter, the projected revenue of the following quarter and economic climate. Because of the coronavirus crisis the index plunged to -40.3 in the second quarter, the lowest it has been since the end of 2008. Growth in the service industry... More >

Top clubs set up corona 'solidarity fund'

Leading Dutch football clubs have set up a ‘solidarity fund’ to share their income from European competition with domestic teams who are unable to play. Ajax have pledged €3 million from next season’s Champions League towards the fund, which will go to smaller Eredivisie and Jupiler League clubs. All domestic matches have been suspended since mid-March and will not restart again until September 1. AZ Alkmaar, PSV and Feyenoord, who were awarded the other slots in the Champions League and... More >

Opposition wants €1bn for culture

Opposition parties PvdA, GroenLinks and SP are asking the government to up financial support for the arts to €1bn, warning society will be the poorer without it both culturally and economically, the AD reports. PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher said the extra €700m, which comes on top of an earlier package worth €300m, is based on an inventory of needs ‘from the director of the Frans Hals museum to actor Gijs Scholten van Aschat and rapper Ali B’. Ascher said the... More >

Coronavirus found on more mink farms

Coronavirus has been found in mink at three more fur farms in Noord Brabant, farming minister Carola Schouten has confirmed. The infections came to light during compulsory screening introduced since the first cases were found in April. A fourth suspected new case is also under investigation. The disease has now been established at six companies and on eight different locations at the heart of the fur farming industry. The new cases were identified during ‘early warning’ research carried out on... More >

Dutch coronavirus death toll rises by six

The official coronavirus death toll in the Netherlands continued to inch towards 6,000 on Monday, rising by six to 5,962, the national health insitute RIVM said in its latest update. A further nine people were admitted to hospital for treatment, taking that total to 11,744. On Sunday, the RIVM reported five more deaths and eight hospital admissions, while the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care wards fell by 11 to 159. At the height of the pandemic, almost 1,500... More >

Open for lunch: Cafes reopen at midday

Cafe and bar terraces opened nationwide at 12 midday on Monday as the Netherlands took more steps to ease the coronavirus lockdown. Cafes and restaurants may have 30 customers indoors, and no limits to terrace numbers as long as everyone is seated at a table and keeps 1.5 metres distance – unless they are members of the same family. Local officials in the four big cities have already said that they will not be carrying out extra checks and that... More >