For the Groningen catering entrepreneur Marcel Levee it is a hard job. He thought he was going to pop more than two weeks ago, now the fun is over. Temporarily then. As a precaution, he closes his five catering tents in Groningen, including Feestcafé Klein, Shooters and Twister.
“We’re on a rollercoaster,” he says. “Until Monday, everything seemed to be going well, but since then, one staff member after another has tested positive.” He has also tested positive himself. He is now keeping the doors of his business closed as a precaution, in the hope that things will be ‘quieter’ again in a week and a half. “It is a combination of guaranteeing the safety of staff and visitors. and the shortage of staff.”
Johan de Vos, vice-chairman of the Breda department of Koninklijke Horeca Nederland, also hears from other entrepreneurs that their staff has contracted corona. “This is really a trend. Many young people work in the hospitality industry and they have recently been to festivals and partying. It was already difficult to find people and if half of your staff suddenly tests positive, you can only temporarily close the doors.”
In Amsterdam, Club Nyx and café Exit will keep their doors closed this weekend. The same applies to club 1841 in Sneek and Bon Bini Veendam. Koninklijke Horeca Nederland does not dare to say exactly how many catering establishments will remain closed. It is about a few tents, it sounds. According to the trade association, there is certainly no question of a trend. “In the end, catering entrepreneurs themselves make that decision.”