The largest Dutch restaurant organization has announced that it is filing a complaint against the government in an attempt to lift the anti-Covid restrictions that have led to the closure of bars and restaurants since mid-October.
A complaint was filed on February 22 by the federation of restaurateurs Royal Horeca Netherlands against the Dutch government in an attempt to lift the health restrictions which have led to the closure of bars and restaurants since mid-October.
The complaint comes as Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his Minister of Health, Hugo de Jonge, are due to announce on February 23 a slight relaxation of health measures, including the reopening of hairdressing salons and some schools. Announcements that should not concern the curfew in effect from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., the extension of which for another three weeks should be enacted. No relaxation is envisaged for bars and restaurants according to Dutch media.
“We are very disappointed with the government,” said Rober Willemsen, president of the restaurant association Royal Horeca Netherlands. “We tried until the last moment to [..] find a strategy to see what would be possible instead of keeping everything hermetically closed, ”he added in a statement describing in the process a“ desperate situation ”.
Calling for an opening “as soon as possible”, the organization which claims to claim 20,000 companies and 255,000 employees, also demand financial compensation.