Van Dissel is tempering expectations for carnival goers | 1Limburg


The upcoming carnival season must be looked at very critically. For example, it must be determined whether it is possible to continue and how.

RIVM CEO Jaap van Dissel said this in a briefing on the approach to the corona virus in the Lower House on Tuesday.

Van Dissel recalled that the virus entered the country in March, among other things, in people returning from Italy and Austria, and that it was spread “much further” during carnival. According to Van Dissel, “we have to think very hard” whether it is wise to meet again with many people at the beginning of next year.

A vaccine will probably not yet be widely available, he emphasizes. “What you don’t want is large groups that mix, that’s how I know carnival. There is an exclamation mark next to it.”

Spontaneous activities
More and more cities and towns are already reporting that major events during carnival are canceled. BCL chairman Jos Hessels already said last week that he expects that next year there will be mainly small intimate spontaneous activities during carnival. “You shouldn’t get sick from carnival, but better”, he said on L1 Radio. “Associations should not look at what they may be allowed to do according to the letter of the law, but should look at what is justified.”

Also read: Carnival 2021: ‘Don’t organize anything, make it spontaneous’

Skip the year
The Germans go a lot further. In the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the 2020/2021 season will be almost carnival-free. The main carnival associations in Cologne, Bonn, Aachen and Düsseldorf have agreed this with the state government. “Carnival as we know it will not be possible in times of the pandemic,” said Nathanael Liminski of the state government. “No exception is made for carnival.”

Also read: German neighbors skip Carnival for a year

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