‘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.
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.”
‘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 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.
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.”
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.