Dancing, cuddling, kissing: 1 in 3 young people does not keep their distance when going out


From a RTL Nieuws survey conducted by DVJ Insights, 1 in 3 young people between the ages of 16 and 30 indicate that they do not keep a meter and a half away in the pub or at a party.

‘Hug as a greeting’

There is also still a lot of physical contact between young people when going out. One in three say they touch other people when they go out. This can be a hand or pat on the back, but also a hug or a kiss, according to stories that young people tell RTL Nieuws.

Johan (23) from Groningen generally adheres well to the corona rules, but also notices that he is a lot looser when going out. “When I see a friend, I just give him a hug as a greeting,” he says.

He has been out a number of times since the re-opening of the catering industry. “At the beginning of the evening it usually goes well and people still just sit, but after 12 hours everyone lets go of the rules a bit. Then people have a drink and everyone starts walking and dancing. Sometimes people are also kissing at the bar. That meter and a half is really hard to find. ”

Walkways and mudguards

Floris (27) from Amsterdam also gives his best friends in the pub a hug when he sees them. “The rest get a box or an elbow,” he says. Floris also sees that it is sometimes more difficult to keep the discipline later in the evening. “The richer the alcohol flows, the smoother people become.”

However, he does not think it is going badly with the corona measures in the catering industry. “In general, I really think that people take good account of each other. You see that people keep their distance when passing, or when you are waiting at the toilet. I also think that the catering industry is doing well, with walking routes, mudguards and wider tables to make sure it is safe. It is consciously thought about, which makes me feel good. ”

‘Guests no longer see any use’

The fact that it turns out to be difficult to comply with the corona rules in the catering industry is not only evident from our survey. Koninklijke Horeca Nederland also sees that it is becoming increasingly difficult. “We are concerned about compliance with the measures. Support for the corona rules is decreasing rapidly.”

In some cases, that leads to unsustainable situations, KHN says. “Our guests no longer see the usefulness of the strict rules in the catering industry. The one and a half meter in particular is a major challenge. That is a real problem for some pubs, because they will be fined if guests do not follow the rules.”

Floris is not afraid of getting the corona virus for herself. He does want to prevent him from passing the virus on to others. “If I have been out, I will not go to my parents for at least a week after that. I want to avoid infecting them.”

Floris is not alone in this. In the survey, nearly 70 percent of young people surveyed indicate that they are not afraid of getting the coronavirus. However, 39 percent of young people are afraid to pass it on to someone else. 29 percent of young people say they keep more distance from the elderly after they have gone out.

The survey shows that it is best to stick to the rules in restaurants. 84 percent of the respondents say they always stick to a meter and a half away in a restaurant. That percentage is lower in a pub: 73 percent say they keep their distance.

It is striking that outside the catering industry it also proves difficult to observe the corona measures. Almost a quarter of the respondents in the survey admit that at a house party they regularly do not keep to a distance of one and a half meters.


Emma (24) from Rotterdam actually planned to throw a house party next month. “Now that the nightlife is all a bit less, we thought it would be fun to have a party at home with about 40 people.”

But because the number of infections in Rotterdam is increasing, especially among students, she probably does not do so. “We had thought of making it a fun party, where you could also dance. Then the one and a half meter is impossible to do. But we are postponing it for the time being. I would be very sorry if our party people would get sick. ”

Corona measures in the catering industry are difficult

These are the main results of the survey:

  • 34 percent of young people (ages 16-30) do not keep their distance when going out
  • 81 percent of young people are not afraid of contracting the coronavirus when going out
  • However, 39 percent are afraid of passing the virus on to someone else
  • In a restaurant, the rules are generally best observed. There, 84 percent almost always adhere to one and a half meters
  • In a pub that is 73 percent

Striking: the rules are even worse observed outside the catering industry. Almost a quarter of the respondents in the survey admit that at a house party they regularly do not keep to a distance of one and a half meters.

Results and accountability

On behalf of RTL Nieuws, DVJ Insights conducted research into the behavior of Dutch people in the catering industry during the corona virus. You can read all the results here. And you can read the justification of the research here.


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