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.