The sports sector has already been relaxed last night: young people up to the age of eighteen are allowed to play sports until eight in the evening, instead of five in the evening. “But it is not enough,” says Ronald Waters, Director of NL Actief.
The petition in the context of the “Sports Lock” campaign has been signed more than 300,000 times and submitted yesterday in The Hague to the long-term Minister for Welfare and Sports, Connie Helder (VVD).
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At Het Plein in The Hague, representatives of the initiators rode their bikes with prominent and lesser-known Dutch figures to draw attention to the sport’s social significance. So does Ronald Waters. “When the petition was delivered, I told the secretary that a lot of people simply need the facilities and professionals to keep moving,” Waters said.
By making the sports sector part of the promotion campaign, Wouters hopes that sports will be marked as an essential service. “Exercise and exercise actually boost the immune system and therefore reduce hospitalizations.”
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The OMT team is meeting today to discuss advice to the Cabinet in light of next Friday’s press conference.
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