On Tuesday, the cabinet will discuss which corona measures will be extended or not. These will be announced in a press conference in the evening. It seems that the terraces will not open from April 21. “I would like this to be the case, but I am sad about this. There is a very clear advice from the OMT ”, says Grapperhaus.
That is not yet possible, says the minister, because this could possibly mobilize too many people. “We have to weigh everything up and the pressure on hospitals is really enormous. We are very close to that peak. If that peak gets higher, accidents will happen ”, the minister said.
Interestingly enough, hospitals are asking to open the terraces. The discussion is no longer even about proportionality; the terraces could also help epidemiologically. Now people throng in parks or at home. The catering industry can play a cushioning role against infections, say hospital administrators.
The terraces can also be opened according to Ernst Kuipers.
Aboutaleb: I am not sending a water cannon
Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb says he is very disappointed if the cabinet decides on Tuesday to keep the outdoor area closed. According to him, the terraces, zoos and other outdoor parks such as the Hortus should open as soon as possible. He has argued for this before, together with the other mayors of the big cities. He compares it to opening up primary schools. Then the cabinet knew in advance that this would cause more infections, but this effect had been taken into account. “The welfare of the children was opposed to this.”
Open up the public space, because people flock to it when the weather is nice. According to Aboutaleb, this concerns compliance with the rules. “There is a limit to what you can do as a mayor. How far are you willing to go? ”He wonders. “If there are thousands of people packed in the Kralingse Bos, I am not prepared to use a water cannon. If there are a lot of people, it is also impossible to send a boa or agent out to throw everyone on the coupon. ”
The Rotterdam mayor hopes that the cabinet will show courage and will reconsider opening the terraces on April 21, among other things. “We don’t ask for much, only the public space. The rest can wait a while, ”he says.
His colleague Hubert Bruls, mayor of Nijmegen and the chairman of the Security Council, is less committed to a date. “Providing perspective is the most important thing. The best thing would be if the relaxation started as soon as possible. ”