WEDNESDAY 1 JULY: THE HAGUE NEWS UPDATES
(source: regional broadcaster Omroep West and Dutchnews)
- A number of coronavirus measures relaxed as of today
- New donor law comes into effect
- The Hague has a new mayor
Here is a summary of the local news:
WHAT CHANGES AS OF 1 JULY?
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- The 1.5 metre social distancing rule remains the norm, as do hygiene measures, including washing your hands regularly. If you have symptoms, stay home and get a test.
- Children up to the age of 12 do not have to keep their distance from adults, which means they can again hug their grandparents.
- Children aged 12 to 18 do not have to keep their distance from their peers, but must stay 1.5 metres from adults, apart from their parents.
- The 1.5 metre social distancing rule will no longer apply on public transport – as long as people are seated – but masks will remain compulsory.
- People can also sit next to each other in coaches and non-family groups can travel in the same car. Masks are recommended.
- Outdoor events will no longer have a maximum number of visitors as long as social distancing is observed and people are seated and have booked places in advance. Without reservations, the limit is 250.
- Indoor events have a limit of 100 people excluding staff. Seating is compulsory. However, if spaces have been reserved in advance, and visitors answer questions about their health, and observe the 1.5 metre rule, there is no limit on the number of guests.
- Stadiums such as the Kuip and Arena can reopen for events, as long as people keep 1.5 metres distance and do not sing or chant.
- Cafe terraces can ditch the 1.5 metre rule between tables, if they place protective screens instead.
- Coffee shops, which had been confined to takeaways only, can also function as a cafe again.
- Sex workers can start work again, as long as they keep to protocols.
- Saunas, ports schools and gyms can reopen, and competitive sports can also resume.
- The limit on visits to people in nursing homes is also being lifted.
- However, night clubs and discos remain closed and singing in large groups, including in churches, remains banned because of the risk of infection.
NEW DONOR LAW COMES INTO EFFECT
As of today, the controversial donor law comes into effect. Those who do not register their wishes will be automatically presumed to have consented to organ donation. About 50% of the population have not yet registered their wishes. The new law will not be fully enacted until next year.
NEW MAYOR SWORN IN
The Hague’s new Mayor, Jan van Zanen will be sworn in this evening. 58-year-old van Zanen will take the place of Johan Remkes who was acting mayor for the past eight months. The popular Mayor of Utrecht took his leave from this city yesterday.
At his farewell he said he hoped to be able to make a positive contribution to The Hague. The previous mayor, Pauline Krikke, resigned following a critical report of her handling of the Scheveningen New Year beach bonfires.
These news updates are brought to you by www.dutchbuzz.nl, in cooperation with The Hague’s official broadcaster, Omroep West.