The organization considers it unacceptable that cafes and restaurants remain closed while the government is considering relaxing some measures. The hospitality sector has been confined for several months in the Netherlands, due to the coronavirus crisis. Cafes are closed while restaurants are only open for take out service.
According to KHN, government support measures are not sufficient to cover the fixed costs of businesses. The losses are increasing and the entrepreneurs are desperate, explains the federation.
She had already initiated summary proceedings against the government’s measures last year, but the courts rejected the sector’s demands.
This time, KHN wants to initiate substantive proceedings with a group of hospitality entrepreneurs. According to the organization, the Dutch state acts illegally by violating the fundamental rights of companies in the sector without sufficient justification and without compensation to the extent of the damage.