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NL: step two of Openingsplan to go ahead on 19 May

The number of new ICU and hospital admissions of people infected with the corona virus has further declined. This means that step two in the Openingsplan will be definitively set on 19 May. The Kabinet decided today not to press the pause button.

From Wednesday, 19 May, gyms may reopen and it will be possible to visit amusement parks, open air museums and outdoor theatres. This is allowed with a maximum of two people, excluding children up to and including 12 years old or people from the same household. The terraces can also be opened longer: from 06:00 to 20:00.

Libraries may again open their doors on 20 May. Previously, these were not included in step two of the Openingsplan, but the Kabinet decided to alter this. Reservations and a health check will be mandatory.

Today, a new schedule of the Openingsplan was also adopted. It states which follow-up steps the government wants to take when, if the figures allow. The third step will be taken on 9 June at the earliest. We will hear on 1 June whether this is actually possible.

With access tests, (sports) events, cultural institutions and the hospitality industry can open earlier or to more people in a responsible manner. Visitors first have themselves tested free of charge at a special test lane. When they then show a negative test certificate at the entrance to, for example, a theatre, they will be admitted.

At the moment, seven new test providers are preparing to make access testing possible nationwide. This will be possible as soon as the bill on access testing comes into force. The Tweede Kamer has already agreed to it; the Eerste Kamer is expected to debate this bill on 25 May.

Starting this week, a number of new pilots are being organised so that the test providers can gain practical experience and get off to a good start when access tests are deployed nationwide. Pilot projects include sporting events and a cultural festival.

Now that society is gradually opening up, it is very important to avoid crowds. Is it too busy somewhere? Can't maintain 1.5 metres? Then leave. It is also important that we continue to abide by the basic rules. Even if you have already been vaccinated: wash your hands, keep your distance, you have any symptoms stay at home and get tested, get vaccinated as soon as possible."

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