Good evening and welcome to this live blog.

Here I, Robbert van der Linde, will keep you informed of what the caretaker cabinet will announce from 7 p.m. during the corona press conference.

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Rutte: "As many people as possible should feel safe to participate in social life, including people who feel vulnerable. That is why the mask obligation remains valid for the time being in public transport, but only in vehicles. In addition, mouth masks remain mandatory at airports That gives extra protection and therefore security."

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Rutte: "In all catering establishments, festivals, cinema and concert visits and professional sports competitions, the obligation on the corona admission ticket applies. The risks of a minimum group size of 75 attendees for an admission ticket are too great. It is up to entrepreneurs themselves to do the check. Money will be made available for municipalities for additional supervisors."

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Rutte: "Pop temples and night catering are particularly affected. That is why we are once again looking at support for those companies, for example by means of an allowance."

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Rutte: "September 25 is not the day when everything is back to the way it was before corona. There are still too many new infections and hospital admissions for that. The group that is not yet immune is still too large for that. an exciting and big step. In the catering industry, the seating obligation at 1.5 meters will expire, so that more people can be present. Cinemas and other halls are allowed to have 100 percent capacity again. For events indoors without a fixed seat, a maximum of 75 percent applies, and not between 00.00 am and 6.00 am The OMT advises to be careful, which is why the catering industry remains closed at night."

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Rutte: "I understood that the word one and a half meter society has its own Wikipedia page. We have almost gotten used to it, but still not. How difficult it was at times when people around you needed an arm around their shoulder. Right. in a time when many people were sad, we had to keep a distance. That is why I am happy that we can announce that we can abolish the 1.5 meter distance as an obligation as of September 25. It will no longer be necessary. The OMT thinks that is responsible if we are extra careful in high-risk situations by working with a corona ticket, which is already common in the countries around us. With a QR code on your phone or on paper you can prove that you have been vaccinated or have been vaccinated in the past 24 hours tested negative.

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There are outgoing Prime Minister Rutte and outgoing Minister De Jonge (Public Health), the press conference is about to start.

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The press conference will again be held in this now well-known room.

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The corona pass will play an important role in the Netherlands after September 25.

However, the cabinet states that the pass is not a covert vaccination obligation.

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Why the corona pass is not mandatory according to the cabinet

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As is often the case, the cabinet's decisions leaked out well before the press conference.

For example, the one and a half meter rule will be deleted, the mouth cap obligation will be maintained in public transport and the corona pass will be mandatory in the catering and cultural sector. 

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you will find an overview of the relaxations that will (probably) be announced tonight.

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From 7 p.m., outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and outgoing Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) will hold another corona press conference.

In all likelihood, the ministers will announce the necessary changes in the corona measures.

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