This Limburg inn is one meter away from the stricter corona zone: “We follow the rules of Gelderland-South” -> Inn “The little Swan” is a favourite resting point for Pierre and myself during the training sessions for the Four Days Marches. <-
The regionally imposed corona rules expose the crazy boundaries of the security regions. In one place, the new measures have been in force since yesterday, but not in an adjacent neighboring village. Limburg, yes, Richard Meeuwsen of the inn “The little Swan” should actually listen to that. To the safety region of Limburg-North, an area from Roermond to Mook, to be precise. He is in charge of the piece of land in the woods near Mook, 12 kilometers from the center of Nijmegen. And let this just be another region that has only been labeled “vigilant” when it comes to corona infections.
The fraying of the lockdown has just come off
Meeuwsen literally only has to take two steps and he suddenly finds himself in a zone that is considered “worrisome” when it comes to corona infections. Secretly, a small part of his site is even located in Gelderland. That is where Hubert Bruls, chairman of the Gelderland-South security region and Lord Major of the city Nijmegen, is in charge. And where stricter corona rules apply since 27 September from 6.00pm. For Meeuwsen there is no doubt, he does not abuse his status as a “borderline case”: “I just follow the rules of Gelderland completely. We belong to Limburg, but we are completely focused on Nijmegen. And of course it would not be good at all if we suddenly become a fall-back place here for groups from Groesbeek, for example, who think that they can suddenly come and walk here”, says the owner of the inn. In any case, he does not have a business where night owls Come to drink until late at night. “We also close earlier. But that is also because we observe the rules very strictly. Everything to prevent us from having to lock again,” said the restaurant owner. The “fraying of the lockdown” has just come off, he sighs. “The little Swan has fortunately had a very nice summer season”. And if everything still has to be locked because the number of infections spreads uncontrollably, that would be disastrous for the catering industry, says Meeuwsen. “So we do what has to be done. Even wearing such a face mask. Although we are not happy with it at all, because it is way too hot.”
One must bleed, the other not
A round along the edges of the Safety Region borders (partly also provincial borders) shows that many catering establishments are in doubt. And they all expect national rules again. Yes, calls for regional measures were strong in the country. Because it was so unfair that regions where hardly anything seemed to be going on were the victims of hot spots such as the West of the country. But wherever a line is drawn, the inability to establish really fair rules is also exposed. One must bleed, the other not, is the feeling.
Typical measure for student cities
The early closing time and the restriction of groups is typically seen by many catering establishments as a measure for student cities. Inno Venhorst of inn “The Angel” in Dodewaard nevertheless thinks it is strange that such differences exist between regions. Blinks his eyes three times and he is in the Gelderland-Middle region, with cities such as Wageningen and Arnheim where the number of infections is increasing, but where the stricter rules do not yet apply. But “The Angel” falls under Gelderland South. “I’ve already had phone calls from customers asking if we are still open?” The fact that his business has to be locked by 01:00 at the latest is not a problem for him in practice. “Last week I did have a group of friends over, they were celebrating the birthday of one. Now I have to send people away according to Mr Bruls in such cases.”