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‘Corona Pass’ requirement in the Netherlands sparks protests

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Protesters assembled in a march on Saturday against the obligatory “Corona Pass” upon entry of bars, restaurants and theaters in the Netherlands.

The new law to show the COVID19 pass or a negative PCR test corresponded with removing all social distance measures.

The measure removal is because 72% of the Netherlands population received at least a one-dose vaccination.

Students and teachers are not required to wear face masks in schools anymore, and 1.5m public distancing is also not required.

However, masks are still obligatory in public, as authorities require wearing them on public transport.

Hundreds of protesters clustered in the Hague to start a march across the center of the city.

The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government.

Nearly all of the Dutch people support the Corona pass admission, but the Hospitality sector has harshly rebuked it.

According to a survey, over 40% of restaurant and bar owners don’t plan on asking customers for vaccination certificates.

The Horeca Nederland hospitality industry association made and cited the survey, which is from its members.

It said several businesses view the pass requirement as “political” and aims at encouraging the public to take the vaccination.

“It’s not only impossible to enforce but will financially damage a sector that’s just starting to recover,” the association stated.

Introducing the Corona Pass has also raised criticism from the caretaker’s government, PM 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?” said Mona Keijzer, Deputy of Economic Affairs.

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