First municipalities take measures to combat skating crowds | NOW

The municipality of Wijdemeren is calling on skaters to stop coming to the Loosdrechtse Plassen because of the pressure. Earlier, the municipality of Stichtse Vecht was already forced to close the Molenpolder to motorized traffic. Ministers Grapperhaus (Justice) and Van Ark (Sports) also ask skating enthusiasts to make a proper assessment before they set off.

As a result, the Maarsseveense Plassen, among other things, are no longer accessible to motorists this weekend. Over the past twenty-four hours, the municipality of Stichtse Vecht saw many parking errors and drivers who ignored the directions of traffic controllers, so it was decided to close the Molenpolder. In addition, the area had become difficult to reach for the emergency services.

On Friday, the municipality of Wijdemeren is calling on skating enthusiasts not to come to the Loosdrechtse plassen, Ankeveen or Kortenhoef. The municipality is asking enthusiasts to go skating somewhere else or to take a walk. According to the municipality, it was already too busy on the ice on Thursday, which is also not always thick enough, but then skaters were not asked to stay away.

The municipality of Amsterdam asks its residents to skate in their own neighborhood as much as possible. Where it gets too busy, the area in question will close. It reports that Password Friday. Skaters are called upon to avoid the canals anyway. Earlier on Friday, Weeronline reported that the ice on canals, both in Amsterdam and beyond, is probably still unreliable.

‘A shame if everything has to be closed’

Minister Ferd Grapperhaus of Justice calls on Dutch people with skating fever to first check carefully whether it is busy in an area this weekend, before going there. Otherwise, “there will be more crowds and then the mayor and the police chief will have to say: ‘we will close it'”, the minister warns. “That’s a shame.”

Sports minister Tamara van Ark points out that enforcers must already come to ice areas. Due to possible crowds, skating tournaments cannot come, she says. “You don’t want to know how sorry I am.”

“We have agreed within the corona rules: top athletes are allowed to play sports. But you also have to look at public order and safety. So I have had contact with my colleague Ferd Grapperhaus, with the mayors of the safety regions. And in the sum of things: the hustle and bustle, the public, etc., everything that is happening now, that was not possible. And with that it is a joint decision that unfortunately cannot be done. “

Skating enthusiasts are looking for the ice in large numbers now that it is expected that the winter weather will be over from Monday. On Saturday and Sunday it is still cold in winter and good skating weather.

During the day it continues to freeze and the temperature throughout the country is between -1 and -5 degrees. The sun is shining and there is a moderate east wind. In the nights it is considerably colder and it can freeze (very) severe. The temperature drops to about -15 degrees and locally the mercury could drop a little further. It is less cold in the coastal areas and South Limburg.

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