Sumary of Dutch ditch social distancing, mandate COVID-19 passes:
- 25, the same date that the government will begin mandating COVID-19 health passes to get into venues like bars, restaurants and theaters, caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday.
- “At a time when many people were sad, we had to keep our distance,” Rutte said.
- But it goes hand-in-hand with the use of digital passes showing if people have been fully vaccinated, have just tested negative or have recently recovered from COVID-19. Other European countries such as France already have similar rules requiring a COVID-19 pass to get into public venues like bars and restaurants.
- Caretaker Health Minister Hugo de Jonge denied that, but said more vaccinations would be a good side effect.
- ”The government did not say how long the pass would be in use, but De Jonge said it would be “as temporary as possible.
- 5.The announcement came on the day the Dutch public health institute said the number of positive tests declined 11% over the last week and COVID-19 admissions to hospitals and intensive care units also fell.
- De Jonge said the government would take up the advice, which he said covers between 200,000 and 400,000 people.
- The Health Council of the Netherlands also said giving booster shots to the rest of the Dutch population is not currently necessary but said preparations should be put in place to give people a booster shot if it becomes clear that the vaccines’ effectiveness in preventing serious illness is declining.