The Royal Dutch Hotel and Catering Industry (KHN) will start summary proceedings against the State for corona measures, KHN announced on Thursday. With the move, the industry association wants to enforce relaxations for the Dutch catering industry, especially when it comes to the 1.5 meter distance between customers.
Catering establishments may reopen since 1 June, but under certain conditions. For example, guests must keep 1.5 meters away, unless they are under eighteen or from the same household, and guests must make reservations if more than a hundred people can enter the property or if the terrace has more than 250 places.
"These corona measures are highly arbitrary and run counter to easing in other sectors," KHN writes of the measures. According to the industry, the measures threaten catering establishments to fall over massively.
To prevent bankruptcies, the trade association wants the corona measures to be relaxed immediately. In particular, the catering dome wants to relax when it comes to the number of people who can sit at a table within 1.5 meters of each other. In addition, the industry association wants a roadmap with relaxation in the future.
"Because no relaxations have been announced, no prospects have been offered by the cabinet, people are not prepared to work with us on a roadmap and no additional support measures are being introduced, we are forced to take legal action against the State" , said KHN chairman Robér Willemsen. The summary proceedings are due on July 23.