The judge has rejected the demand from a group of catering entrepreneurs to open the catering industry immediately. The government’s decision to close the catering industry for four weeks is well-founded, according to the court in The Hague.
The interim injunction was brought this morning and was initiated on the initiative of a Hague entrepreneur. At least 68 other entrepreneurs joined him. The catering bosses demanded immediate reopening of the catering industry. The forced closure would be disproportionate and businesses would be disproportionately affected.
The state attorney acknowledged during the hearing that the measures cause a lot of suffering for catering entrepreneurs, but stated that the government cannot do otherwise. The increasing numbers of infections and hospital admissions must be reduced at all costs. According to the government, closing the catering industry is essential.
The catering entrepreneurs are disappointed with the verdict. “Everyone is frustrated. People still get hope when you take such summary proceedings”, says Maarten Hamel, one of the entrepreneurs who took the case. “Unfortunately, we have to continue to deliver for the time being.”
The detailed reasons for the decision will follow within two weeks. Given the temporary nature of the closure, the judge wanted to rule as soon as possible.