Protesters gathered to protest the introduction of the "coron-pass" today in the Netherlands, as the demonstration of a vaccination certificate against Covid-19 became mandatory in order to enter bars, restaurants, theaters and other places of entertainment.
The new measure of passing the pass or a recent negative coronavirus test coincided with the lifting of almost all measures of social distancing in the country, where 72% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine.
Although masks will remain mandatory on public transport, students and teachers will no longer need to wear them in schools, and the rule of keeping a distance of 1,5 meters in public places has been introduced.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in The Hague to march on the city center.
Most Dutch people support the introduction of the pass, for which, however, the hospitality industry has reservations.
More than 40% of bar and restaurant owners do not intend to ask their customers for a vaccination certificate, said the Dutch Hospitality Industry Association, citing a survey among its members.
"Not only is it impossible to impose, but it will financially damage an industry that has just begun to recover," the union said in a statement.