Large church services in Staphorst are held yesterday in the Restored Reformed Church in the deeply religious village. Three services take place in the large church, each with six hundred people. They do not have to wear a mouth mask and they do sing. 3000 believers fit in the church, but by dividing the congregation into three services, the church thinks it can guarantee sufficient distance. Although meetings with more than thirty people are not allowed according to the tightened guidelines, an exception applies for religious meetings. “Assemblies of faith with 600 persons can not be constitutionally prohibited. But churches do have a responsibility and should not push the boundaries of what is allowed”, the local CDA faction wrote in a statement. “Churches have an example function and responsibility towards the entire community.”
The Municipal Interests fraction in the village also calls the church services “unwise and irresponsible”. “It is called upon not to wear a face mask during the service, even though the government has explicitly asked to use a face mask in public buildings.”
According to scriba Bouwman of the Restored Reformed Church, people keep enough distance and there is enough fresh air. The fact that singing is done is because it is an essential part of the service in the Restored Reformed Church, he tells RTV East (local TV station). The church is the largest of the Reformed split-offs in the Netherlands.
The House of Representatives wants to put an end to the lack of clarity surrounding the wearing of masks in public spaces. The cabinet’s new directive creates too much confusion, according to a majority of the House. That is why there should be an unambiguous national policy for wearing mouth masks, say VVD, D66, SP, PvdA and GroenLinks. The PVV is not against national advice. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) announced new national measures on Monday in an attempt to break the second wave of infections. Among other things, the maximum group size will be limited (3 visitors in a household, 30 visitors in bars and restaurants, 40 visitors on a terrace) and the catering industry must close at 10 p.m. For corona fires in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam, it is recommended to wear a mouth mask in shops. It is not an obligation and it is up to the retailers to talk to customers about it. The SP and PvdA, among others, believe that the government’s advice on masks creates a lack of clarity and places responsibility with retailers. “The shopkeepers are not boas”, said Lilian Marijnissen (SP). It seems that the House is currently going for a national mouth masks advice and not an obligation that currently still has legal problems. “Don’t pass on the responsibility.” Klaas Dijkhoff (VVD) also believes that enforcement should not be placed with entrepreneurs. He also wants national management. PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher agrees and now wants mouth masks advice in public spaces. In the long term, this should become a mouth cap relief. According to Asscher, a national guideline provides clarity.
The political parties in the Dutch House of Representatives (in this article):
Barely any fines for not wearing face masks in a bus or train. Residents of the region have barely been fined for not wearing a mask in public transport in the past month. According to the transport companies, most people adhere neatly to the rules. Exactly ten fines were issued in the area where the readers of this newspaper live until the end of June, according to figures from the Public Prosecution Service.
Most fines were forgiven in Nijmegen, three in total. In both Doetinchem and Ede, a fine was twice issued to people who sat on the train or bus without a mask. Other fines were issued in Zevenaar, Overbetuwe, West Betuwe and Boxmeer. There is a penalty of 95 euros for not wearing a mask in the train.
Most fines in major cities.
195 fines were issued throughout the Netherlands for not wearing a mask. Most in Rotterdam (47) and Amsterdam (30). According to a spokesman for the joint transport companies, most people in the train wear a mask, as it should be. “There always remains a group that wears it wrong or not, but in general you see that it is quickly established.” Auditors of the transport companies announced at the beginning of the measure, as of June 1, not very strict control. “We are especially de-escalating.”
However, many fines for violating emergency ordinance.
Nationally, up to August 28, more than 15,000 fines were issued for corona violations of the emergency ordinances. Many of these fines were given to people who did not keep one and a half meters away in parks or other places in public space. In Nijmegen, these fines were also most often distributed in the region (578 till 28 June). Nationally, there were only more fines in Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam. Significantly fewer fines were issued in cities such as Utrecht, Almere, Eindhoven and Groningen, all with more inhabitants than Nijmegen. This also applies to Arnheim.