The Netherlands is sending 200 people to Greece on an eight-day vacation as an experiment to see if tourism is feasible during a pandemic
- In the experiment, people head for a £ 342 all-inclusive trip to Rhodes, Greece
- They will have to stay at the resort at all times and quarantined when they return
- Has been criticized as the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase across Europe
The Netherlands plans to send 200 people on holiday to Greece for eight days as an experiment to see if tourism is feasible during the pandemic.
During the trial, travelers will enjoy an all-inclusive holiday in Rhodes, costing £ 342 (€ 399) per person BBC reports.
Those selected for the experiment, which has had 25,000 applications so far, are expected to be quarantined for ten days when they return to the Netherlands.
In the experiment, 187 people go to a resort in Rhodes, Greece (stock image) for an eight-trip trip to test whether travel abroad is possible.
Those who pass the experiment must be tested for coronavirus before they leave and when they return, and must remain at the resort during the trip (pictured)
During the experiment, organized by holiday company Sunweb, the selected 187 holidaymakers are not allowed to leave the resort.
According to RTL News, they will stay at the Mitsis Grand Hotel in Rhodes, where they will be the only guests.
It comes as Boris Johnson announced that foreign travel outside the UK would resume on May 17, but the latest wave in Europe could extend the date.
The advice is similar in the Netherlands, with all foreign travel, expect essential travel, discouraged until mid-May.
Since the start of the pandemic, the country has recorded 1.25 million confirmed cases and 16,536 deaths.
The latest holiday experiment has left many wondering whether it is ‘responsible or reckless’ to give people the chance to escape lockdown as cases continue to increase in Europe and the Netherlands.
During the trip, the selected people must stay at the resort (photo), which includes three swimming pools and two restaurants
Despite being on the coast in Rhodes, Greece, as part of the experiment, guests of the hotel are not allowed to go to the beach. Photo: Stock
Others on social media have likened the resort to a ‘luxury prison’ and wondered why people would sign up for the experiment.
The country has conducted a number of experiments to understand which events can be safely resumed, including a conference attended by 500 people and a dance party with 1,300 guests.
Those wishing to participate in the latest vacation experiment must be between the ages of 18 and 70 and will be tested before and after their trip.
In the experiment, which has been approved by public health authorities in the Netherlands, they are allowed to use the hotel’s facilities, including three swimming pools and two restaurants, but they cannot go to or leave the beach. the resort.
In the UK, the government will start imposing a £ 5,000 fine from next week if they leave England to go on holiday.
The prime minister told the House of Commons yesterday that it “looked difficult on the mainland,” as he refused to confirm whether he would be making a trip abroad.
It’s because Germany and France have imposed new restrictions, while there is speculation that the UK could impose restrictions on people returning from much of the continent once their leisure travel resumes.