Despite the corona crisis, 5 percent more catering establishments in 2020
Despite the corona crisis, the number of catering establishments in 2020 increased by 5 percent compared to the previous year. This is evident from figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). In the past year, 7,500 catering establishments, such as cafes, restaurants and catering companies, were established and 5,000 such establishments were closed. On 1 January this year, the Netherlands had a total of 72,000 catering establishments.
According to Statistics Netherlands, this is a trend that is continuing for the third year in a row. In particular, the number of canteens and catering companies increased (by 13 percent) compared to a year earlier. The number of companies that rent out holiday homes also increased (by 10 percent), as did the number of hotels (8 percent) and restaurants and other eateries (3 percent). The number of cafes decreased by 3 percent. Fewer than five people are employed in three quarters of the increased locations.
The increase in the number of catering establishments is remarkable, because this sector was hit hard by the corona measures. In 2020, restaurants and cafes had to close their doors for almost half of the year (from mid-March to June 1 and again from October 14). Night bars and discotheques did not open at all after March. While the total number of bankruptcies in 2020 decreased compared to the previous year, it rose slightly in the hospitality sector.
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Welcome to this blog
In this blog keeps NRC the latest news about the corona crisis in the Netherlands and beyond. These were the most important developments of Wednesday 23 June:
- The special telephone number to make an appointment to be vaccinated with the Janssen vaccine became overloaded. At least 3.6 million telephone calls were made to the appointment line of the GGD, which was opened on Wednesday. Just over 70,000 people managed to make an appointment.
- It travel advice for several European countries changes from orange to yellow. From Thursday, non-essential travel will again be allowed to France, most of Belgium and Greece (except for Athens).
- Confidence in the news and the news use of most Dutch people has increased during the corona pandemic. This is evident from the annual Digital News Report Netherlands of the Media Authority and Reuters.
- Almost a third of the government subsidies that secondary schools have received to eliminate the learning disadvantages caused by the corona pandemic have gone to private education providers, reports research platform Investico.
Read the entire corona blog of Wednesday 23 June here