Amsterdam pub closed after Wybren van Haga drinks | Inland

The BVNL parliamentarian was there to record a video about the impact of the evening lockdown. “The son-in-law of the owner of Del Mondo had approached me because his father-in-law is in huge trouble due to all the lockdowns and asked me if I wanted to give him a heart. We went there from four o’clock to half past five to have a drink of chocolate and to record a film”, says Van Haga, who found it ‘extremely pleasant’.

But the owner has to ‘pay for’ this stunt with a temporary closure. Because it was poured after 17:00, the mayor has decided that the business must be closed for a week. The sanction came after the property had previously committed “several offences.” ‘Disgusting and reprehensible’, Van Haga calls the sanction. Although, according to him, this has little impact on the business of the pub because, according to the MP, it could hardly be opened anyway.

The action seems to be a setup, on crowdfunding site Gofundme the drink was announced two days ago. The counter of the collection now stands at more than 12,000 euros.


The drink promotion has hit the local VVD and D66 the wrong way. “The corona crisis affects us all. Extremely hard. Especially the entrepreneurs who have to close their business at 5 p.m. But then there is Wybren van Haga with supporters who raise their middle finger to all those people who do take responsibility,” writes VVD party leader Claire Martens angrily on Twitter. “I am really pissed off about this. Stop this!”

D66 party leader Reinier van Dantzig – himself a catering entrepreneur – is also pissed off. “Nice ass that Van Haga. Everyone is following the rules when it’s a tough time and it hurts enough to be closed. I don’t think that is possible – even as an entrepreneur.”

Municipal elections

Wybren van Haga previously told De Telegraaf that he is considering participating in the Amsterdam municipal elections. “It is difficult to find candidates willing to sit in this snake pit. The average entrepreneur does not want to spend his time on this kind of nonsense. That is a shame because I think it is important that Amsterdam entrepreneurs are represented in the city council.”


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