The Royal Catering Netherlands (KHN) will launch a summary lawsuit against the state over the Corona measures, KHN announced on Thursday. With the move, the trade association wants to impose relaxations for the Dutch hotel industry, especially when it comes to the 1.5 metre distance between guests.
Catering establishments may reopen from 1 June, but under certain conditions. For example, you must stay 1.5 metres away, unless you are under 18 years of age or from the same household, and you must make a reservation if more than 100 people can enter the property or if the terrace has more than 250 pitches.
“These Corona measures are very arbitrary and at odds with easing in other sectors,” KHN writes of the measures. According to the industry, the measures threaten to lead to a massive decline in the number of hotels and restaurants.
In order to prevent bankruptcies, the trade association wants the Corona measures to be relaxed immediately. In particular, the catering dome wants to relax when it comes to the number of people who can sit at a table within 1.5 meters. In addition, the trade association would like to see a roadmap with relaxations in the future.
“Since no easing has been announced, no prospects are offered by the cabinet, there is no willingness to work with us on a roadmap, and there will be no additional support measures, we are forced to take legal action against the state,” said KHN President Robér Willemsen. The summary procedure is due on Thursday, 23 July.