The catering industry has become the child of the bill of the second lockdown that the Netherlands will have from tomorrow. Cafés and other catering establishments in particular will pay the price for the second wave, and all will have to close their doors at 10 p.m. However, we will not know whether this measure will help for three weeks.
Tonight there is another corona press conference by Prime Minister Rutte and bumbling bobo Hugo de Jonge. For the first time in months, it also announces really strict measures: the number of people allowed to come together will drop drastically, and travel to the largest cities is put on the lowest possible level. In supermarkets, tighter management is conducted and hairdressers are also subject to a stricter regime.
But no sector is hit as hard by the new measures as the catering industry. They will have to drastically shorten their opening hours and the number of people they can receive considerably reduce:
“Social traffic is therefore restricted, while the economy must continue to run as much as possible. In the new concept package, the maximum size for a group is reduced to four people. That standard also applies at home. No more than thirty people are allowed in halls and restaurants at the same time.
Nationally, standards for the hospitality industry are again becoming stricter. The new closing time will be 10 pm, with a walk-in stop from 9 pm. ”
Furthermore, hotels in the largest cities are being thoroughly renovated: they are no longer allowed to receive guests for the next three weeks. Only then will all measures be evaluated, but much of the damage will have already been done.
In other words, the new lockdown is here. It is not as drastic as the previous one – for the time being, at least – but for the catering industry this is yet another major economic blow that they will hardly be able to afford. So corona wave or not: at least expect a scary bankruptcy wave in the near future.
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