Press conference: measures extended until April 20, curfew to start at 10PM

Rutte and De Jonge have taken to the rostrum as soon as once more to replace the Netherlands on the present coronavirus measures. After every week of leaks, right here’s what they needed to say. 

This previous week has seen data repeatedly leaked to the press. First, there have been the whispers that measures won’t be relaxed on the finish of March, then got here the rumours that the present adverse recommendation in opposition to journey has been prolonged and, lastly, the declare that curfew shall be pushed again to 10PM.

Rutte and De Jonge have clarified the Netherlands present coronavirus restrictions. So, what is going to change and what is going to stay?

Measures shall be prolonged till April 20

As was anticipated, coronavirus measures shall be prolonged for an additional three weeks till April 20. Rutte defined that the R quantity and charge of hospitalisation throughout the Netherlands aren’t low sufficient to justify any rest of present measures.

Rutte identified that he understands it’s unhealthy information, and the cupboard proceed to search for relaxations the place doable — however for now, nothing modifications.

The prime minister additionally identified that the Netherlands is just not alone in extending its measures, France and Germany are even tightening restrictions.

Curfew — pushed again an hour

Nonetheless, one slight rest shall be allowed. Rutte introduced that “due to the contamination figures, no measures might be relaxed, apart from the curfew, which we postpone for an hour.”

The “avondklok” will now be pushed again an hour and start at 10PM. That is for a variety of causes.

Firstly, Daylight Financial savings Time will come into impact this Sunday evening, which means that the clocks will return and evenings shall be longer. This might make it tougher to implement an early curfew within the Netherlands, the Safety Council believes.

Nonetheless, there are additionally different elements at play on this resolution. For instance, Ramadan will start in mid-April, which might be sophisticated by a 9PM curfew.

No sitting out on the terraces this Easter

Whereas Rutte and De Jonge had expressed a hope to see the R charge drop sufficient for folks to benefit from the terraces this Easter, this may not be the case.

The present restrictions shall be prolonged till not less than April 20 which means that terraces might not open up for the Easter holidays.

Damaging recommendation in opposition to journey for Could vacation

Anybody who hoped to get away this Could should wait. The present adverse recommendation in opposition to journey has been prolonged till not less than Could 15 — which means there shall be no exceptions for the Could vacation.

Numbers aren’t doing properly

The Dutch cupboard is just not happy with the variety of coronavirus infections within the Netherlands. This week noticed 46,005 new circumstances with 1,441 hospital admissions.

Nonetheless, Rutte claimed that if numbers do begin to go down, measures could also be relaxed — that being stated, he additionally identified that if numbers proceed to worsen, stricter measures could also be introduced in.

De Jonge: 4 million jabs by mid-April

Minister for Well being, Hugo De Jonge, supplied a fast replace on the Netherlands’ vaccine technique.

All going properly, the nation ought to see 4 million jabs given by mid-April and 5 million by Could. These shall be given for over 70’s.

By mid-Could there’s a chance that over 60’s will begin to obtain their vaccines with these within the 40-30 age class receiving jabs in June. The Dutch authorities nonetheless goals to have all adults vaccinated by July 1.

Return to increased training a chance

There’s some hope for college kids of upper training, nevertheless. De Jonge claimed that it could be doable for college kids to return to in-person increased training as soon as per week from April 26.

Nonetheless, as a way to do that, college students should have entry to speedy exams.

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