VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland write this in a joint response to the press conference of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge of Health. Both organizations together represent more than 150 industry associations and 170,000 companies.
They especially regret that the catering industry may not open at Pentecost, as the trade association Koninklijke Horeca Nederland previously suggested. “This would have been a great opportunity to give the sector a helping hand in this difficult time. Too bad it is not being used.”
Moreover, according to the employers’ organizations, it cannot be explained that the 30,000 cafes and restaurants are allowed to open, but that casinos related to that sector must keep their doors closed.
In addition, VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland are disappointed that sports and yoga schools cannot open until 1 September. They do, however, call it positive that the cabinet will continue to engage in dialogue with the sector to bring forward the opening if it turns out to be possible.
The opening of the sanitary facilities at campsites and recreation parks on 1 July could also have been a month earlier, according to both business clubs. Now many elderly people will postpone their holidays, which will make it extra busy in the high season.