Netherlands will abolish the mandatory rule of social distance of 1.5 meters on September 25. This will let more people attend concerts, theaters, restaurants and cafes. In particular, for the first time since the spring of 2020, the matches of the country's top football division will be held at full stadiums, DW reports with reference to the country's Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
At the same time, visitors to catering, cultural and sports events must present so-called Covid passports with a mark of vaccination, or a certificate that they have recovered from coronavirus, or a negative SARS-CoV-2 test.
At the same time, the Prime Minister called on his fellow citizens to be careful. According to him, there is a high uncertainty in the development of the infection in the fall.
“This is not the day when things will be the same as before the coronavirus pandemic, because there are still too many new cases of infection, and too many people are still in hospitals,” Rutte said.
It is noted that with the introduction of Covid passports, the country's authorities intend to stimulate the vaccination process. To date, about 63% of Dutch people have been vaccinated. The rate of infection is now about 100 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days, last week it decreased slightly. According to medical authorities, currently, the major source of infection are schools. The situation in hospitals has improved slightly, but it still remains tense.
As it was reported earlier, the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine proposes to remove strict quarantine restrictions that are imposed in the yellow and red zones of epidemiological danger.