Dutch restaurant group suing state over Covid closures, warns industry is on brink of bankruptcy with no end to lockdown in sight

The Netherlands’ largest restaurant association has said it will sue the Dutch state in a bid to get the government to drop its ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, due to their devastating impact on the hospitality sector. Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN) said on Monday it was taking legal action based on the fact that the government has not provided epidemiological evidence for the restrictions that have forced the industry to close. KHN has also criticized a lack of state financial support for restaurateurs and the government’s failure to announce an exit plan for the current shutdown. The amount the association is seeking through the lawsuit has not been disclosed. The association’s chairman, Rober Willemsen, said he was “deeply disappointed” in the government and its decision to uphold the current measures, warning that the “catering industry is going to hell.”

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