The Netherlands reduces restrictions, but will require a vaccination passport

The Dutch government announced on Tuesday that it will require the presentation of a coronavirus vaccination passport to enter bars, restaurants and cultural or sports events, but in exchange, it will relax the social distancing measures applied by the pandemic.

As announced by the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, from September 25 to participate in these activities, all those over 13 years of age will be required to present this health certificate, which is available to vaccinated people, or otherwise a recent negative test.

“I am happy to announce that as of September 25 we will abandon the 1.5 meter social distancing rule,” Rutte said during a press conference.

“This will allow more people to enter a cafe or restaurant at the same time. This will allow festivals and sporting events to be held with full capacity,” he added.

Rutte stressed that the vaccination passport “was already being used in most of the countries around us.”

In France, one of the first European countries to make extensive use of the COVID-19 passport, this measure served to accelerate the vaccination campaign, but caused a significant wave of protests.

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