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Parliamentary debate on Corona policy: PvdA wants to close indoor shops and cafes

Parliamentary debate on Corona policy: PvdA wants to close indoor shops and cafes

Follow the debate below from 3 pm via the tweets of correspondent Elif Isitman

Last Friday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Hugo de Jonge announced a half-lockdown for at least three weeks. Catering and catering shops must close at eight in the evening, and other shops at six.

Meanwhile, the government is preparing to extend the Corona Corridor to non-essential shops, workplaces and higher education, and introduce the so-called second generation policy. This allows catering and event businesses to choose whether to allow only vaccinated, cured (2G) or tested (3G) guests. In companies that choose 3G, a fixed seat applies, with the possibility of dropping 2G. De Jonge warned either this, or even longer lockdown measures.

‘it is not fair’

The PvdA believes the government’s intervention is too weak and calls for the food industry and shops to be shut down completely. “It’s not fair for the government to tell the country that a second generation is the answer,” Kuiken says. According to Kuiken, the fact that vaccinated people are victims of the tightened lockdown, as PvdA states, is due to the Cabinet’s “lukewarm policy”. 2G support is not excluded in advance.

The House is divided over 2G. Within the coalition parties, ChristenUnie has great difficulty with this procedure. Party 1G suggests testing everyone for access, including vaccination. However, CU also does not exclude 2G support up front. VVD, CDA, and D66 won’t block it either.

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