© Reuters. People participate in a protest on the day the Dutch authorities introduce a compulsory “corona pass”, proof of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) vaccination or a damaging take a look at end result, to enter bars, restaurants and cultural occasions within the nation, in The Ha
By Eva Plevier
THE HAGUE (Reuters) -Hundreds of protesters marched against the introduction of a “corona pass” within the Netherlands on Saturday, as proof of COVID-19 vaccination grew to become obligatory to get into bars, restaurants, theatres and different venues.
The new requirement to present the pass or a current damaging coronavirus take a look at got here into power on Saturday, coinciding with the lifting of virtually all social distancing measures within the nation, the place 72% of the inhabitants has acquired at the very least one vaccine dose.
While face masks will nonetheless be necessary on public transport, college students and academics will not have to put on masks in faculties, and a rule for 1.5-metre (practically 5 toes) distancing in public locations was additionally scrapped.
A crowd of a number of hundred folks weaved by way of the streets of the Dutch authorities capital, The Hague, with techno music taking part in over cellular loudspeakers.
They carried banners denouncing vaccines and a few in contrast the COVID-19 restrictions to measures imposed by repressive governments. “Medical Apartheid. Stop vaccine passports,” one signal learn.
Most Dutch folks assist the corona pass, which additionally confronted opposition when launched in different European nations similar to Italy and France. The transfer has primarily drawn criticism from the hospitality sector within the Netherlands.
More than 40% of bar and restaurant house owners don’t plan to ask clients for a certificates, the nation’s Horeca Nederland hospitality business affiliation mentioned, citing a survey of its members.
It mentioned many companies noticed the requirement as a “political tool” aimed toward boosting vaccination take-up.
“It is not only impossible to enforce, but will financially damage a sector that is just starting to recover,” the affiliation added in an announcement.
The resolution to introduce the pass additionally drew criticism from inside the authorities of caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
“If we end up in a society where we have to be afraid of each other unless we can show proof, then you really have to scratch your head and ask yourself: Is this the direction we want to go?” Deputy Economic Affairs Minister Mona Keijzer mentioned in a newspaper interview.
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