Answers to your questions after the press conference of Rutte and De Jonge | NOW


Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) gave a press conference on Thursday evening about the rapid increase in the number of corona infections in the Netherlands. Several new measures were announced. In this article we provide answers to the most frequently asked questions that came in on our response platform NUjij.

Catering establishments must register visitors. What about the registration when a group of friends or colleagues makes a reservation? Does one person per group have to write down the data, or really everyone separately? And which contact details should you leave behind?

Companies in the catering industry are obliged to ask visitors for name and contact details, so that the GGD can contact them in the event of contamination in the catering establishment.

This concerns all visitors, so not one per group. Including data is done on a voluntary basis. When a source contamination is identified, chairpersons of the different security regions can temporarily close for a maximum of fourteen days.

Are student associations allowed to give short tours in small groups?

Student associations are only allowed by the cabinet to organize physical activities if these are necessary for the introduction of the study. So it depends on the reason for the tour.

All physical meetings have an end time of no later than 10 p.m. Also, no alcohol should be consumed. The educational institution and the safety region concerned must give permission for all activities.

What happens or changes for us if other countries, such as Finland and the Netherlands, find a risk area?

There is no general answer to this, because this depends entirely on what the country in question decides about the Netherlands.

Travelers from the Netherlands can be requested to go into quarantine, but this can also be made mandatory. There are also countries that ban travelers from certain countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends that you consult the travel advice of that country before departure.

Conversely, when returning to the Netherlands from a high-risk country (orange travel advice), a home quarantine of two weeks is recommended.

Does the rule that we should work from home as much as possible still apply? I will not hear from Rutte about this anymore, but in a week’s time my employer wants us all to come back to work in the office in poorly ventilated areas.

This measure is still valid. Those who have the opportunity to work from home are requested to continue to do so. This is an advice and not an obligation, so your employer can request you to work at the office. This must be done according to the corona guidelines.

In addition, everyone who has (mild) complaints must stay at home and have themselves tested.

What does the minister mean by young people? What age category is this exactly: up to eighteen years old or do people up to thirty years old also fall into that category?

Minister De Jonge is referring to the group of 20 to 29 years old. In the letter to Parliament about the developments of the virus, he writes that a quarter of all positively tested persons fall into this age category.

Why is the corona test at the airport not made mandatory for travelers from countries with orange travel advice?

The obligation of the corona test is legally difficult, which may later lead to problems with a judge. According to the minister, it is possible to make an obligation only if there is a real suspicion of an infection. In addition, thousands of people arrive in the Netherlands every day and with current legislation it is difficult to test all these travelers.

Anyone who does not want to undergo a free corona test at the test street at Schiphol is requested by the cabinet to go into home quarantine for two weeks.

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