Fifteen mayors from South Limburg want to give catering and cultural institutions the space to open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. The mayors of Maastricht, Sittard-Geleen and Heerlen, among others, report this in a joint press release. “In this way they have the opportunity to send out a signal that endorses the seriousness of their situation,” said the mayors.
This concerns all municipalities in the South Limburg safety region, except Valkenburg. Mayor Daan Prevoo van Valkenburg already announced on Thursday that catering and shops were allowed to open on Friday as part of a protest action, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In Op1, Prevoo said on Thursday evening that he does not see the same action on Saturday.
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All catering establishments in Noord-Holland Noord are allowed to open on Saturdays until 8 p.m. It concerns a protest by the catering industry, the mayors in the sixteen municipalities indicate that they will not act. The Hoorn municipal spokeswoman Marieke van Leeuwen confirms that the action is tolerated. “We believe that entrepreneurs should be supported more in this time.”
The municipalities in Flevoland find it insufficient if the shops can open again from next weekend, but not the catering and cultural sector. In a joint statement, they say they understand the concerns and frustrations of entrepreneurs and understand possible protests next Saturday. “And although everyone must adhere to the national rules, we will deal with this appropriately.”
The Haarlem catering industry opens its doors on Saturday from 12:00 to 17:00. Mayor Jos Wienen has informed catering entrepreneurs via Whatsapp that they will only hand out warnings within this time frame. If the catering entrepreneurs also open on other days or outside these times, sanctions will follow.
Entrepreneurs in the municipality of Oldambt are allowed to open their doors once on Saturday from mayor Cora-Yfke Sikkema. “I see how heavy entrepreneurs have and what the lack of perspective does to them. I want to offer space once and between the indicated times to show that it can be done in a good and safe way.”
These mayors do not intend to turn a blind eye to the illegal opening of catering businesses on Saturday.
“There is no tolerance policy,” Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said through a spokesperson. “The safety of everyone’s health is of great importance. We expect entrepreneurs to abide by the rules and will keep an eye on that.”
The Hague will also be enforced on Saturday, a spokesman for mayor Jan van Zanen said. “This weekend is just like any other. We work on a random basis and reporting-oriented, on the basis of excesses.”
Rotterdam “assumes that everyone will adhere to the rules on Saturday,” said a spokesman for Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb. He says on Saturday “nothing will change in the way we enforce.” In other words: “We are not going to tolerate it.”
Mayor Sharon Dijksma of Utrecht also believes that the corona rules should be enforced as long as they apply. This means that entrepreneurs who open their business on Saturday will be addressed first. Then a warning follows. If that does not help, a fine can be imposed and, in extreme cases, a case is closed. “In the event of excesses, those steps can follow each other very quickly,” warns the mayor of Utrecht.
Mayors in Gelderland will hand out fines if catering establishments open their doors on Saturday. “We are enforcers of laws and regulations, and we will therefore enforce what will apply as rules in the Netherlands after January 14,” said de Hubert Bruls, mayor of the municipality of Nijmegen.
This list is being completed…