Dutch sex workers, cafe owners challenge Covid curbs

Dutch sex workers, cafe owners challenge Covid curbs
Dutch sex workers, cafe owners challenge Covid curbs

Hello and welcome to the details of Dutch sex workers, cafe owners challenge Covid curbs and now with the details

Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Police officers detain a demonstrator protesting against restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease in Rotterdam January 26, 2021. — Reuters pic

Subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on news you need to know.


THE HAGUE, Feb 25 — Dutch sex workers said today they would demonstrate next week against the continued closure of brothels under government Covid curbs while scores of restaurants and cafes vowed to reopen in defiance of a ban.

The challenges follow Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s announcement Tuesday to relax some measures but to extend the country’s controversial nightly curfew and maintain bans on sex work and on the hospitality industry.

Rutte said his government would allow hair salons, massage spas and some secondary schools to reopen next Wednesday.

But Rutte said prostitution, which is legal in the Netherlands, will remained curbed because “of the specific nature of the job, which means very close contact and possibility of virus transmission.”

Sex workers, under a ban since early December, said they would gather outside parliament on Tuesday to make their voices heard.

“We are going to protest because we are the only contact profession now excluded by the ease in the government’s measures,” said sex worker Moira Mona, one of the demonstration’s organisers.

“We have a strict hygiene protocol and we know, perhaps better than anybody, how to prevent virus transmission,” she told AFP.

Meanwhile, at least 65 Dutch cafe and restaurant owners said they would open terraces on the same day in defiance of a government-ordered closure since mid-October, the NOS public broadcaster reported.

The announcement comes after recent warm and sunny weather saw thousands of people gather in parks — often contravening social distancing and other measures.

“Weekend after weekend we see crammed city parks. It’s bizarre,” said business owner Johan de Vos.

“We are upset about this, because it’s an unregulated situation, whereas we can do it much better with a 1.5-metre social distancing rule, registration and supervision,” he told the NOS.

The Royal Dutch Hospitality umbrella organisation it “understood the decision by some cafe and restaurant owners” even if unauthorised reopenings were not official policy.

“It’s a clear signal to The Hague and one we fully support,” it added in a statement mailed to AFP.

More than one million people have been infected with the coronavirus in the Netherlands since the start of the pandemic and some 15,400 people have died.

Government initially carried out a so-called “intelligent lockdown” policy, depending largely on citizens themselves to prevent the spread of the virus.

But it tightened measures during a second wave late last year and growing fears for new more infectuous variants of the disease. — AFP

These were the details of the news Dutch sex workers, cafe owners challenge Covid curbs for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV Lithuanian villagers back tough line on Belarus migrants
NEXT China imposes new curbs over COVID Outbreak