The Dutch Prime Minister said that the country will relax anti-epidemic measures, and apply Covid green cards in some locations.
“I’m pleased to announce that from September 25, the mandatory social distancing of 1.5 meters will be lifted. This means more people can go to a cafe or restaurant together. Festivals and outdoor sporting events are also operating at full capacity,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a televised press conference on September 14.
However, people 13 years of age and older who go to bars, restaurants and festivals will need to show a Covid green card, which will help certify that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, recovered from the virus, or have test results. negative. Rutte points out that the Covid green card is “inherently used in many surrounding countries”.
In France, one of the first European countries to adopt this policy, vaccination rates rose sharply. However, the Dutch government denied allegations that it used the Covid green card to attempt vaccination.
“The use of a Covid green card does not mean that anyone is required to get vaccinated. You can also get tested for nCoV to enter a certain place. This procedure is still free,” said the Dutch Health Minister. Hugo de Jonge said.
The rate of nCoV infection in the Netherlands is on the decline. At the beginning of the pandemic, it was one of the European countries with the laxest restrictions, but then tightened significantly during a severe second wave of infections.
Despite the decision to further relax epidemic prevention measures, the Netherlands will still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in airports.
Luster (Follow AFP)