“I don’t think I’m going to surprise you tonight,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte began his speech on Tuesday evening. As expected, an extension of the current Dutch lockdown was announced, but a new emergency package of support measures was also mentioned.
The lockdown is extended by at least three weeks. This means that the lockdown will be lifted on Tuesday 9 February at the earliest. This is a heavy message for many entrepreneurs, Rutte also acknowledges. He calls the stories that have come out in the media in recent times heartbreaking. Rutte therefore points out that additional support measures for companies that were suddenly closed in mid-December is a matter of ‘good decency and solidarity’. However, the new emergency package has yet to be worked out, according to the press conference.
The reasons for extending the lockdown are the fact that the number of infections is not yet rising fast enough, but also concerns about the British corona mutation.
Dutch lockdown extended by three weeks
Branch organization INretail responds positively that the government is taking the cries for help from the retail sector seriously. “Our message lands. It is good that extra support is being announced, but there is no reason to cheer as long as details are missing, ”the organization says. This caution is not surprising, as the compensation for the unsold stock that already applies for many entrepreneurs is not enough. This compensation is a maximum of 20,000 euros, while stocks sometimes have a value of over a million euros. “The longer lockdown costs the closed stores hundreds of millions in loss of turnover and results in unsaleable stock. The amount that the government is making available for the approach must be realistic and the measures must fit in with the various retail branches if we want to be able to maintain vibrant villages and cities. The implementation of the extra support is crucial for the survival of thousands of stores and the preservation of tens of thousands of jobs. Essentially healthy companies can only survive if the government takes action on all fronts. Then we will build a barrier against the imminent tsunami of bankruptcies and thousands of layoffs. ” Also INretail card once again to make it possible to pick up orders at the shop door.
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