Queen Máxima of the Netherlands undertook two working visits on 8 April to see the impact of COVID-19 on the Netherlands.
The Queen, abiding by all government and health restrictions, visited a hotel and catering facility in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning, as well as transport company Pieter Smit in Nieuw-Vennep.
Queen Máxima held two conversations at Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN) to learn more about the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak on the travel and food sectors.
While at Hotel V Nesplein, she spoke to the Vice President of Operations of the hotel chain Accor Nederland, the Managing Director of McDonald’s Nederland, the Managing Partner of Hotel V and the CEO of HMSHost International. The economic impact was discussed as well as short and longterm plans for keeping the companies running.
Her Majesty also spoke to catering entrepreneurs from small and medium-sized businesses at a closed pub to hear about the problems they are currently facing. In many cases, businesses have lost all income but still have fixed costs to pay.
While in Nieuw-Vennep, Queen Máxima was given a tour of the Pieter Smit company while speaking to the owner, drivers and planners of the logistics service. The transport and logistics sectors have been hit hard by the repercussions of COVID-19.
The Queen was able to talk to other companies about the issues they face – including the loss of jobs for many. She discussed possible measures to cut costs now that so many events have been cancelled, as well as how to support companies and preserve employees.
The Dutch government has pledged to assist the transport and logistics sectors with solutions to keep people working.
The King and Queen of the Netherlands are continuing to work behind the scenes and are staying in contact with the government and many organisations via phone or video link. However, whenever possible, they are undertaking some working visits to see firsthand how the virus is impacting the Dutch economy, people and country as a whole.