Thursday 23 September 2021

11,600 fines for not wearing a mask

Police and council officials have handed out 11,600 fines to people for refusing to wear a face mask on public transport since the requirement was introduced last June, broadcaster NOS reported at the weekend. In addition, public transport workers have reported a further 5,600 incidents in which they were sworn or spat at since the masks were introduced. Failing to wear a mask carries a fine of €95. Although most of the coronavirus measures have been halted or will go... More >

CoronaCheck app 'doesn't work' for some

Some users have reported problems in installing the CoronaCheck app which will be needed for access for indoor events and venues from September 25. According to critical reviews placed online, as recently as early September, people have had problems when their mobile device uses certain browsers. There are reports that people who have services such  as DuckDuckGo or Firefox as their default browser – rather than Google Chrome – are unable to attach their DigiD government identity code to retrieve... More >

MPs reject Covid checks at outdoor cafes

MPs have voted narrowly in favour of the government’s plans to scrap social distancing and make use of the coronavirus check app more widespread, but say the pass system should not operate on cafes’ outside spaces. The government plans to drop social distancing from September 25 and replace it with the CoronaCheck QR code app, which shows a green tick if the user is either fully vaccinated, has recently had coronavirus or has a negative test no older than 24... More >

New measures based on hospital admissions

Hospital and IC admissions will determine the government’s coronavirus policy this autumn instead of the infection rate. Caretaker minister Hugo de Jonge told MPs that the number of people who have been vaccinated is high enough to warrant a different approach to the handling of crisis. Nearly 82% of adults have now been fully vaccinated, according to a recalculation by the RIVM, which has now included people who have had a jab following an infection. However, some 1.8 million people... More >