REGION – Follow all the corona news from the weekend of January 15 and 16 here.
Cultural sector is preparing summary proceedings against the state
The cultural sector is preparing summary proceedings or proceedings against the State. It is about the fact that shops can open again, but museums are not. Jan Zoet, chairman of the Taskforce Cultural and Creative Sector, confirms this after reporting by the FD.
‘We are indeed investigating whether this is possible and promising’, says Zoet when asked. A total of 111 cultural organizations are affiliated to the Taskforce Cultural and Creative Sector.
On Friday evening, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and corona minister Ernst Kuipers announced that shops can open their doors again, but cultural institutions such as theaters and museums are not yet allowed to. According to Zoet, this can no longer be explained. ‘There are 85,000 shops and 450 museums. Why can’t the latter be open as a transfer location?’, says Zoet.
Fewer corona patients in hospital, daily record infections
The number of corona patients in Dutch hospitals has again fallen slightly. In total, there will be 2 fewer corona patients in hospitals with 1,217 people on Sunday than the day before, according to the most recent figures from the National Coordination Center for Patients Distribution (LCPS) on Sunday.
There are now 906 people in the nursing wards with Covid-19, the disease caused by the corona virus. That is 8 more than the 898 from a day earlier. 90 new patients who have Covid-19 were admitted to the nursing wards. The occupation on the ICs decreased by 10 to 311 corona patients. There were 15 new recordings.
With 36,308 new corona infections, RIVM records the highest number of positive tests registered in one day.
Protest actions catering ‘certainly not the last’
The protests in the catering industry on Saturday are certainly not the last. That is what Dirk Beljaarts, director of Koninklijke Horeca Nederland, told the television program Nieuwsuur. “There will certainly be more actions in the coming days.”
The director called it heartwarming in the current affairs section to see how the opening of the catering industry is embraced by many mayors and the public. ‘That also shows that it is possible, that’s how the street scene should look like.’ If he said it was ‘so life-threatening’ to open cafes and restaurants, mayors would not allow it either.
According to Beljaarts, it is now up to the cabinet ‘not to wait ten days to announce what will happen to the catering industry, culture and events, but to take this signal to heart quickly and sooner.’
Restaurants in Boskoop, among others, opened on Saturday:
Full house for catering at protest action: ‘I was really ready for this’
Jochem Myjer participates in protest action comedians
More and more comedians indicate that they want to participate in the protest action Kapsalon Theater. For example, the Leiden Jochem Myjer will participate in the action next Wednesday. Claudia de Breij, Dolf Jansen and Theo Maassen are also there. Roué Verveer and Rayen Panday have also registered for the action of initiators Sanne Wallis de Vries and Diederik Ebbinge. The two can be seen together with Jansen in the Zaantheater in Zaandam on Wednesday.
Not only artists, but also various theaters in the Netherlands are making themselves heard. For example, next to Zaandam, theaters in Delft, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Apeldoorn and Emmen will be converted into a hairdressing salon, massage studio or beauty salon on Wednesday. Visitors, who do not have to pay for a ticket, can receive treatment while one of the artists performs. The promotion was set up because it became clear during the press conference on Friday that theaters are not allowed to open yet, but hair salons are. It is still unclear in which theater Jochem Myjer can be seen.
Only terrace is open in The Hague
Municipality of Gouda allows one-time opening of the catering industry
The municipality of Gouda has given permission once for the protest action by the catering industry. Promotional catering businesses are allowed to open once on Saturday afternoon, January 15, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to express their feelings of dissatisfaction with the ongoing corona restrictions from the cabinet. The opening is only allowed under the condition of the agreements made with Koninklijke Horeca Gouda and with due observance of the corona measures.’
Fewer than 900 corona patients in the nursing wards
For the first time since October last year, the number of corona patients in nursing wards of Dutch hospitals has fallen to below 900. A total of 898 people with the virus among the members are still occupying a bed in a nursing ward on Saturday, according to the most recent figures from the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS).
That is a decrease of 56 patients compared to 24 hours ago. There are currently 321 people in intensive care with Covid-19, the disease caused by the corona virus. That is also less than Friday, when 334 corona patients were cared for on an IC. A total of 1,219 corona patients are still in Dutch hospitals, 69 fewer than the previous 24 hours.
Café boss in The Hague: an afternoon open does not change
Music café De Paraplu, located between the ministries and near the old building of the House of Representatives on the Haage Bagijnestraat, will deliberately not open on Saturday, owner Dion Kemeling says. ‘We long for relief, but hosting guests for one afternoon won’t change that.’
He calls the government’s promise that the catering industry can ‘possibly’ reopen later this month, provided the infection and hospital figures do not rise too fast. “We are therefore dependent on shopkeepers and the behavior of people who have been in lockdown for weeks. Can you feel it coming?’
Above all, he hopes for some degree of stability in the future. “We are so looking forward to a full tent. Mudguards, codes, if necessary we operate in a spacesuit, it doesn’t matter.” Prime Minister Rutte will ‘of course’ also be welcomed with open arms at De Umbrella, ‘Then we will toast to the end of this misery.’
Mayors of the Haaglanden region want long-term perspective
In a letter to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the mayors in the Haaglanden region have asked to work with sectors on long-term prospects. ‘We urge that this be taken seriously in future decision-making.’
According to the mayors, it is becoming increasingly noticeable how hard the corona measures are having for the sectors that cannot yet open and for which the support schemes are often completely inadequate. ‘The nine mayors in the Haaglanden region are very concerned about this and ask to see how these sectors can also open safely at the new weighing moment. We think it is important that clarity is provided about this in the short term.’
The letter was signed by the mayors of Delft, The Hague, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Midden-Delfland, Pijnacker-Nootdorp, Rijswijk, Wassenaar, Westland and Zoetermeer.
Boskoop catering industry opens its doors
‘We fully understand the measures that are necessary and we also understand that something has to be done. But that doesn’t mean that you get a mental blow every time,” says Edwin Dufais of Grandcafé Roos Eten & Drinken. They also open the doors of the restaurant for two hours on Saturday morning.
‘Unbelievably shitty and unfair’, cultural sector remains closed
The cabinet announced on Friday that cinemas, museums and theaters must keep their doors closed for at least another ten days. Shops, gyms and hairdressers are allowed to open again. The cultural sector is not happy with this, because a lot of work is already done by appointment in the sector and it is possible to keep a distance. However, theaters and other cultural institutions are allowed to receive amateur groups and students again.
Children from 5 to 11 vaccinated from next week
Children aged 5 to 11 can receive a vaccination against the corona virus from next week. Thirty GGD vaccination streets have been specially set up for this, writes Minister Ernst Kuipers of Public Health to the House.
The first invitations to vaccinate these children will be sent to their parents from January 18. This concerns about 1.2 million children. For the time being, the children will only be vaccinated with the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine.
Children aged 5 to 11 years from medical risk groups have been vaccinated against corona since last month. This concerns 1350 children. Another 1450 appointments are scheduled, according to the minister.
Hospitals can start working on delayed care again
Hospitals are back to work to make up for delayed care. Minister Ernst Kuipers of Public Health is withdrawing the so-called phase 2d. That’s the final stage before stage 3, which in practice means ‘code black’. Then there is a shortage of IC beds. Phase 2d was announced on November 26 as the ICUs filled up with Covid patients. All hands were needed there. Phase 2d meant that all hospitals were postponing their plannable care and critical plannable surgeries if possible.
The National Acute Care Network (LNAZ) has asked the ministry to withdraw phase 2d. This makes it possible again to work on delivering the delayed care. In the first instance, attention will be paid to IC-dependent critical care that can be planned,’ says the minister. The move is possible because the number of corona patients in hospitals is still decreasing despite record highs of infections. If the situation does get out of hand again, the agreement is that it can be scaled up to 1200 IC beds within three days.
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