We could be dining inside sooner than expected.
Last night, the caretaker cabinet announced that restrictions in the Netherlands would be relaxed early. The relaxation was originally planned for June 9, but it will now be brought forward to June 5. This early relaxation is possible because the number of hospitalised patients with Covid-19 has fallen, and continues to fall. Infections rates have also fallen, which is fantastic news as the population continues to be vaccinated.
So what will change on June 5?
June 5 will mark the beginning of step 3, and this means that cinemas, museums, theatres, and restaurants without terraces will be allowed to re-open. We’ll be able to eat inside of restaurants and cafes once again!
At the moment we can only receive 2 guests per day in our homes, but come June 5 we should be able to have 4 guests per day come over.
All of this is due to be announced on Friday evening, and it’s worth noting that the government could choose not to ease certain restrictions, depending on how things go over the week. However, the government seems confident that things in the Netherlands are improving.