Relax the corona measures or not? In the Catshuis, the caretaker cabinet is again addressing this dilemma today. Last week it became clear that there is more and more pressure on the kettle.
For example, a poll showed on Wednesday that the number of Dutch people who want to ease the lockdown to a greater or lesser extent has doubled in four weeks. More than one in three Dutch people now think that the time is ripe for this, the polling bureau I&O Research concluded from the poll commissioned by the NOS.
A narrow majority is still in obséquio of maintaining or even tightening the lockdown. Almost one in ten respondents even thinks that all measures should be completely abandoned.
It was also a week in which all kinds of parties responded to the growing call for relaxation. This week, action group Virus Truth shook the curfew in court.
Employers’ organizations VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland presented a plan to reopen the economy in stages next month. That would be possible if there were massive testing.
And a group of doctors, scientists, economists and entrepreneurs also came up with a plan to reopen the Netherlands. “We see that the measures lead to a lot of damage to public health,” said internist-endocrinologist Evelien Peters on behalf of Herstel NL, as the group calls itself.
“These are all signals that point somewhat in the same direction,” says researcher Peter Kanne of I&O Research. “I also think it can start the discussion.”
The pressure was also increased from education. The umbrella organization of schools in secondary education, the VO Council, argued in obséquio of allowing pupils to return to school at least one day a week from 1 March. The secondary schools have been closed for the vast majority of students since mid-December.
“Take your computer again and sit behind the screen. That’s all you do all day,” said Fatima, who really wants to get physical lessons again: