The Dutch government wants to gradually lift the restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but then the peak of the third wave should be over and daily hospitalization is the norm, according to outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the Minister of Health Care. Hugo de Jong said on Tuesday at a live televised news conference.
Restrictions became more restrictive. “Fortunately, the end is really on the horizon,” de Volkskrant quotes Rote as saying. “Take the first step when we cross the top of the third wave. We are also looking at daily hospitalizations. We are taking small steps at the beginning and bigger steps when the most vulnerable are vaccinated.”
The prime minister said, “We were able to push the third wave ahead of us, sometimes intermittently.” “It could have been worse, especially with the British alternative. The opening plan should provide the possibility for a lovely summer that we hope for.” De Jong explained that there would be five steps, the first being “cautious”, judging by the numbers. In the additional steps, the measures become more and more so that only the basic rules remain. Next Tuesday it will be examined whether relaxation is possible. The first date on which measures can be released is April 28. “It is possible,” says Rotti.
These first steps could consist of canceling the curfew, having two people at home again, opening the stands under certain conditions and offering more options for shops. But Roti cautioned: If not, there will be no relaxation on April 28. “We look at it every week.” The right-wing liberal minister said, “You should be accountable.” The only relaxation announced on Tuesday was the reopening of out-of-school care on April 19.