Restaurant Moeke in Nijmegen was briefly closed and an official report was drawn up in Utrecht for a cafe that did not adhere to the rules. Nevertheless, the first weekend in which catering establishments had to check their visitors for a corona certificate went smoothly, the municipalities announced.
“Absolute excesses have not occurred,” says Robèr Willemsen, chairman of Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN). According to the trade association, entrepreneurs ran into ‘difficult discussions’ with guests. Entrepreneurs have also been treated unfairly or even threatened for control.
According to the foreman, a weekend without too many problems is mainly due to the beautiful weather. Many people sat on the terrace and a check is not necessary there. But according to him there is still little support for the policy among entrepreneurs.
In principle, you can no longer enter a case without your CoronaCheck app or a recent negative test. But many owners have already announced in advance that they are not so strict with the controls. No manpower and no desire to play police officer.
“We’ll see,” said an owner of a cafe in Amersfoort at the start of this weekend.
No trust in app
There are plenty of entrepreneurs who do apply the rules, says Johan de Vos of café Boerke Verschuren in Breda. He is also trying to do that himself, although there is dissatisfaction among entrepreneurs about the app. “The fact that he can just stop with it does not inspire confidence,” he says.
“And if you think an app is necessary, make sure it does it after midnight.” Officially, things have to close after that time and you can therefore not use the app, but practice leads to difficult situations, according to De Vos.
Toilet check: ‘tears in eyes’
Moreover, he hopes for leniency from the controlling authorities. “That a tent is closed because two men go to the toilet without control? That will bring tears to your eyes,” he says about the incident at Moeke in Nijmegen.
“We have to do it together and it is not always feasible to control everyone,” said the entrepreneur.
Lifted too slowly
In his case, De Vos notices that many guests are completely done with the government’s corona policy. Many owners now have that on their roof. “You notice it in the conversations,” he says. Almost everyone is vaccinated and yet the measures are only slowly being lifted. “That is not appreciated.”
It also leads to hate emails that the dogs do not like bread, says the catering boss. “And those aren’t just ‘anti-vaxxers’.” Colleagues of Vos were also physically threatened. “I haven’t experienced that yet, but I tell my staff: if it happens, let them pass. Give them what they want, just like a robbery.”
Haroun Heijman of café De Drie Weesgegroetjes in Roosendaal has experienced few problems this weekend, due to a hitch in the app, he informs RTL Z. “I have a brown café with many regular guests, young and old. Most come waving their phones inside.”
Yet he also hears other stories in his environment. “People are tired of the rules,” he says. And as an entrepreneur you want to be hospitable. It’s just not nice to have to show guests the door at twelve o’clock.”
Quick end to measures
And asking people for ID doesn’t really fit either. “Honestly, that doesn’t always happen. I want to trust my guests.” Heijman therefore ‘fervently’ hopes for a quick end to all measures. There will be a new weighing moment around 1 November.
“I can’t complain about my turnover, but you quickly leave something behind if you have to close at twelve o’clock,” says Heijman. “And cutting off a party or marriage isn’t fun at all.”
De Jonge satisfied with tickets
The fact that people had to show a corona admission ticket in more places from last weekend took some getting used to, said outgoing Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge. Mara according to him it was a nice weekend for ‘a lot of people’.
Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus will talk to the mayors on Tuesday about the past weekend. Then, for example, the Breda approach will also be discussed. The city of Brabant had set up a number of points where people could be checked for their QR code, after which they received a wristband with which they could enter the bars in the area.
De Jonge is curious about those experiences. If it turns out that the current corona policy does not lead to more infections, further relaxation will be considered, according to the minister. The next decision-making moment is planned for early November.