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Shops are allowed to open again in the Netherlands, but the catering industry must remain closed for at least another ten days. And many owners don’t accept that anymore. In many places, spread in the Netherlands, cafe owners opened their doors on Saturday.

On Friday, some catering businesses already held a similar action in, among others, Valkenburg in Limburg and Alblasserdam in South Holland. On Saturday, many other places followed that example and mayors turn a blind eye to it.

In North Holland, a number of municipalities, including Hoorn, allow the opening of the catering industry on Saturdays until 8 p.m. In many other places they have to go at 5 pm. The Hoorn mayor Jan Nieuwenburg says that it should remain with a statement from the entrepreneurs. “If catering entrepreneurs also open on other days or outside the agreed times, warnings and sanctions will follow.”

The Haarlem mayor Jos Wienen also says in the Haarlems Dagblad that the municipality will warn the catering industry that will open on Saturday “in accordance with policy”. “If you stay open longer than 5 p.m., further sanctions will follow. We will check after five.”

The four major cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague have indicated that they do not intend to allow the opening of catering businesses. In Breda, the local branch of Royal Catering Netherlands has called on cafes and restaurants not to open.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said during his press conference on Friday that he can count on mayors to deal “sensibly” with the enforcement of the corona rules.

Fewer Dutch people with us

In cities such as Antwerp and Ghent, there are remarkably fewer Dutch people in the shopping streets today, as it turns out. Due to the closure of the non-essential shops there, our northern neighbors came to our country en masse to do year-end bargains.

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