No Covid Pass, No Inside Loo Visit, Says Dutch Minister
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Mon 20th September 2021 | 10:40 PM
The Hague, Sept 20 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Sep, 2021 ) :Dutch patrons at cafes are not required to show a so-called "Covid pass" when dining outside on a terrace, but would have to do so for visiting the restroom, the country's health minister said Monday.
The new measure which kicks in on Saturday, was approved by Parliament but MPs forced an exception for those wanting to enjoy a meal or drink outside, saying the chance of infection was much smaller.
But "if you want to use the restroom, you will have to show your QR code," the NOS public broadcaster quoted Health Minister Hugo de Jonge as saying. QR codes are the machine-readable array of black and white squares on a mobile phone.
De Jonge admitted it was unhandy, but "we are bound to the decisions by Parliament," he said.
Last week, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it was unwise to make an exception for patrons sitting outside, as people would inevitably have to enter to pay bills or indeed go to the toilet.
"It could also start raining and then everyone wants to go inside," Rutte said.
"The government wanted the QR code everywhere in the hospitality sector," Health ministry spokeswoman Rinske Wieman told AFP.
"This is not to bug people, but because people want more freedom from restrictions. Unfortunately these freedoms are not without boundaries," she said.