October 31, 2020

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Hospitality industry angry about new measures, businesses show understanding

Hospitality industry angry about new measures, businesses show understanding

Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN) reacts angrily to the new corona measures. From tomorrow, catering businesses in the Netherlands will have to close at 10 p.m. Catering establishments may receive a maximum of thirty guests inside and outside of a maximum of forty people. In addition, hotels are affected by the recommendation to limit travel as much as possible.

“Here, too, there is no justification for the restrictions,” says KHN chairman Robèr Willemsen. “At the press conference, Rutte spoke about clusters in the catering industry. But I don’t see that in the RIVM figures.”

As a result, according to the chairman, it is becoming increasingly difficult to seek support from its members. “There is absolutely no ray of hope. Not even an additional support package. The situation is becoming hopeless for more and more entrepreneurs.”

KHN comes up with the idea that entrepreneurs should be held responsible for policy failures. “Employees who need to be tested sometimes have to wait seven days here in Rotterdam. They cannot work all the time, but still have to be paid.”

Even worse

Other trade associations are also calling on the cabinet to put the test guidelines in order. VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland are calling for everything in their power to increase testing capacity, rapid tests and source and contact research over the next three weeks.

These business clubs show understanding for the new measures. “You are one last chance to avert worse scenarios and adapt our behavior,” says Ingrid Thijssen, chairwoman of VNO-NCW.

“At the same time, this package has a profound impact on many of our members.” The entrepreneurs would therefore like to speak to the cabinet and the trade unions again about support for the sectors most affected.

Mouth caps

The branch organization INretail calls the measures balanced. Retailers are relieved by the advice that retailers in the regions around Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Eindhoven can decide for themselves whether they want to decline customers without a mask.

“It makes quite a difference whether you come to a spacious furniture store by appointment or a busy downtown store,” says INretail’s Paul te Grotenhuis. “The entrepreneur really has to decide for himself on the basis of his own situation.”