Dutch govt. grants local authorities the right to close leisure sites. The Dutch government has given Dutch municipal health services (Gemeentelijke Gezondheids Dienst-GGD) control in a significant step to close leisure establishments such as casinos and slot arcades. If required the GGD will exercise this power to contain the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Hugo De Jonge announced this decision following concerns about rising Covid-19 cases in the country.
Dutch gambling trade association VAN Kansspelen also issued a warning to its members to strictly implement all restrictions and ensure that customers follow all measures intended to limit the spread of the virus, such as maintaining social distance from one another.
“The number of infections is increasing and people not adhering to the basic rules as closely, such as observing the 1.5m and hygiene measures,” VAN Kansspelen said. “The national government is taking measures to prevent further spread of the virus.
“As a sector, it is important to contribute to the prevention of infections. We therefore call on you to adhere to all protocols and the rules. Also inform your guests of this if they do not comply with this.
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