There was a lot of restlessness around the Utrecht restaurant Waku Waku last evening. Dozens of people gathered to prevent the police from closing the restaurant. Mayor Dijksma had decided earlier in the day that the restaurant must close because it did not check guests for their corona pass.
In the end, the police did not intervene, the restaurant closed around 11 p.m. and the demonstrators left. At the end of the evening, the municipality announced that “the closure is a fact”. “The closure will remain in effect as long as the corona pass is maintained and the owners of the restaurant indicate that they do not check this,” a spokesperson for the municipality said in a statement.
The owners of Waku Waku, in the center of the city, announced two weeks ago that they would not check on principle. “The fact that the government is using the hospitality industry to increase vaccination rates is unethical and wrong,” they wrote. Everyone is welcome, they say, “regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or medical status.”
According to the municipality, there was already a meeting with the restaurant last Thursday. The entrepreneur would then have indicated that as a matter of principle he would not check. “There was an intimidating tone towards the enforcers present,” according to the municipality.
The owner of Waku Waku has not been reached for comment.
Waku Waku is not the first restaurant to close because of no checks. A catering business in Nijmegen also had to close this weekend. The restaurant decided to challenge that decision and after the intervention of the preliminary relief judge, the writ of execution was revoked and promised to check the restaurant for the corona pass.
Unrest at restaurant due to mandatory closure for not checking corona pass
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