Dutch Hospitality Sector Sues Govt Over Covid Closures
Muhammad Irfan 5 days ago Mon 22nd February 2021 | 11:40 PM
The largest Dutch hospitality organisation said Monday it was suing the government over ongoing coronavirus measures that have forced bars, cafes and restaurants shut since mid-October
The Hague, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Feb, 2021 ) :The largest Dutch hospitality organisation said Monday it was suing the government over ongoing coronavirus measures that have forced bars, cafes and restaurants shut since mid-October.
Caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his health deputy Hugo de Jonge are expected on Tuesday to announce a slight easing of a partial lockdown in the Netherlands, including the reopening of hair salons and some schools.
But a 9:00 pm to 4:30 am curfew is set to remain in place for another three weeks from early March -- and an announcement on the partial reopening of hospitality's food and drink sector was not on the cards, Dutch media reports said.
"We've tried up until the last moment to come together with a different viewpoint and formulate a strategy to see what may be possible, instead of keeping everything hermetically sealed," he said in a statement.
"The situation is hopeless and time and again, entrepreneurs in the food and catering industry are being deprived of perspective," he added.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic last year, the business-friendly Dutch government has given entrepreneurs in the hospitality sector substantial support.
But the help "did not cover fixed costs which are piling up", Willemsen said.
"The compulsory closure is putting disproportionate pressure on the industry," he added, with many facing bankruptcy.
The umbrella organisation, which claims to represent some 20,000 businesses and 255,000 employees, now wants judges to force government to allow hospitality businesses to reopen "as soon as possible".
It also wants compensation for financial damages.