The new measures taken by the cabinet against the corona virus are a huge blow and setback for the catering sector. That says director Dirk Beljaarts of Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN) in a response.
All catering establishments must close from tomorrow at 10 p.m. “The catering industry is doing everything to keep the virus under control and there is simply no substantiation for these new measures. I also notice that in many entrepreneurs the misunderstanding is turning into anger. There are relatively few infections in the catering industry. This is just symbolic politics. I think the UWV will be very busy with dismissed catering workers if the sector does not receive much more generous financial compensation, ”says Beljaarts.
Amsterdam catering magnate Won Yip is also outraged about the new measures. “We have been lagging behind since April. I was already worried that we would have to drink the poison cup completely. Now a new poison cup is added. The supers and liquor stores will be very busy in the coming period. We were already in code red in the center of Amsterdam and now it is the turn of the whole of the Netherlands. The virus does not say at 10:15 pm: I will stop. ”
Koninklijke Horeca Nederland now on @BNR: ‘This feels like symbolic politics. It makes many entrepreneurs furious, because we wonder whether these measures have any effect. This seems disproportionate to the hospitality industry. ‘
– Thomas van Groningen (@TvanGroningen) September 28, 2020
Catering entrepreneur and chairman of the department of KHN in The Hague, Maarten Hinloopen, states that the catering industry is doing well when it comes to safety around corona. For example, people are addressed about their behavior. He thinks that is going well. “No time has been taken to evaluate the previous measures. This is the final blow for catering entrepreneurs. We are now being pushed under water very hard and the bottom is in sight. It can become a bloodbath on the labor market if there is not much more support for the hospitality industry, ”says Hinloopen.
‘Herald of new lockdown’
Herman Hell, owner of twelve catering establishments in the Rotterdam region, says he is particularly hit by the limitation of the number of guests in his establishments to a maximum of thirty people. “I fear that this will be the precursor to a new lockdown. I am already financially in a lockdown and can only lose more with these rules. I fear this will take a long time. ”
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