MPs to debate 2G coronavirus pass system, support for new strategy unclear
MEPs will debate the government’s plan today to allow businesses and cafes to introduce the so-called 2G system, so that only people who have been fully vaccinated or who have recently contracted the coronavirus are admitted.
The current ‘partial lockdown’, which took effect on Saturday, is supposed to suppress the increase in new coronavirus cases ahead of the wider use of coronavirus passes and the introduction of the 2G system on a voluntary basis.
The new measure would require a change in the law, and although preparations have started, it is not clear whether there is majority support in parliament for the decision.
ChristenUnie, for example, who is one of the current coalition partners, has said he supports a 1G system, in which only people who have been tested have access to events. The party strongly criticizes the exclusion of people who have not been vaccinated.
At the same time, the opposition Labor Party (PvdA) is open to the idea of 2G, but has not come to a firm conclusion.
“I want to keep an open mind,” MP Aatje Kuiken told the Volkskrant. “But I don’t see us bringing 2G to essential stores and services, such as supermarkets, government buildings, and at work.”
The debate will start at 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, universities and colleges, which have been forced to limit the number of lecture halls again to 75 since Monday, say they are opposed to the introduction of coronavirus passes in higher education.
You cannot deny students access to education on the basis of their vaccination status, said the university association VNSU, as cited by the NRC.
The education ministry said the move would be a “last resort”. Some 90% of students are vaccinated, according to student union LSVB.
Countries across the EU are grappling with increasing coronavirus cases, even in countries with high vaccination rates.
In Germany, the 2G system has worked in some states and was introduced across Austria last week. Austria has also introduced a lockdown for people who have not been vaccinated.
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