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Long queues for test streets due to partying young people and technical problems | Inland

Today, in various cities, there are long queues for the locations where rapid tests can be taken. The waiting times are increasing because many people want to be tested and because there are technical problems at various test streets.




This is reported by Testen voor Access, the organization that arranges rapid tests on behalf of the government. Tomorrow the discotheques and nightclubs will open again for the first time in fifteen months, but those who want to enter must show a vaccination or test certificate. Testing for Access therefore sees ‘a large increase’ in the number of people who want to be tested. This would especially apply to Amsterdam, Groningen and Utrecht.

All capacity in use

“At some locations, one hundred percent of the test capacity is in use and delays in the IT system can lead to waiting times. We ask for your understanding,” Testen voor Access said in a press release. “A technical adjustment was made to the e-mail system around 2 p.m. to remedy the delay, so people who were tested this morning will receive their test results again. ”

At a test location in Utrecht there was a queue of at least 100 people waiting on Friday, the waiting time was 45 minutes. There was also a long line of people outside Ahoy in Rotterdam. In both cities, it mainly concerns young people who want to be tested before going out for a night out.


Testing for Access also announced yesterday that ‘a lot of people sign up for a test to go out’. As a result, the time slots at the test streets in Amsterdam quickly filled up. A spokesperson for Covidia, which conducts the tests in Amsterdam, stated at the time that there was “sufficient capacity”. Today, however, there are also technical problems.

Capacity 225,000 tests per day

Those who have not yet been fully vaccinated, and that will apply to many young club-goers, can make an appointment for a free rapid test via the government-paid Testing for Access. This organization has 95 test locations throughout the Netherlands, with a combined capacity of 225,000 rapid tests per day. Until now, that number was not even remotely necessary, the busiest day was June 17 when 20,000 people were tested. This was mainly because the European Championship match Netherlands-Austria was played on that day, where 16,000 spectators were welcome.

Long lines at Testen for access, in the parking lot of the swimming pool Den Hommel in Utrecht.
Long lines at Testen for access, in the parking lot of the swimming pool Den Hommel in Utrecht. © Photo Ruud Voest

Long queues for test streets due to partying young people and technical problems | Inland
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