That’s all for now folks: no new Dutch relaxations on May 11

If you happen to have been hoping to lastly begin getting that six-pack at your native health club or to take your children to the zoo, you’re in for some disappointment (once more). 

Just a few weeks in the past, the Dutch authorities introduced a brand new five-step roadmap to a summer time with out coronavirus measures. 

We efficiently acquired by the first step with terraces reopening and have been wanting ahead to the subsequent spherical of relaxations. This might have meant opening gyms, amusement parks, and zoos beneath sure situations — which the Dutch authorities hoped to introduce after Might 11. 

Nevertheless, now it’s clear that this gained’t be taking place. The cupboard introduced in a brief assertion that it might postpone additional relaxations in the meanwhile, based on the NOS.

Step two of the roadmap postponed

The federal government “sees that the figures are over the height.” Nevertheless, “the lower will not be but sufficiently seen to have the ability to take the subsequent step of the opening plan responsibly.”

The stress on healthcare and the variety of hospital admissions stays too excessive to permit any extra relaxations within the Netherlands. There will likely be no press convention this week to announce these modifications.


Whereas many commerce organisations perceive this determination, they’ll’t cover their disappointment. “After all we perceive that the stress on healthcare shouldn’t be too excessive,” says Ronald Wouters from NL Actief on behalf of the health business. 

“However, good resistance by a wholesome life-style, by train, that’s a part of the answer as a result of it contributes to relieving the stress on healthcare,” he provides. 

Wouters sees a whole lot of appreciation of the sports activities sector from the Dutch authorities, but additionally feels that this appreciation doesn’t translate into coverage. 

The Dutch Affiliation of Zoos is equally dissatisfied. “We’ve superb protocols. We are able to correctly regulate visits to our places,” says the director, Wineke Schoo.

How do you’re feeling about this determination? Have been you hoping to see the subsequent set of relaxations after Might 11? Inform us within the feedback!

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