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Social Distancing And Dutch Coffeeshops

The days are getting longer and the weather is getting better and better. We’re all eager to enjoy the sun, go out to the parks to share a joint, and venture out to our favourite bars enjoying a beer. Yet life nowadays isn’t the life that we are used to and we have to be careful. Maintaining social distancing as a society will remain a precondition for our health in the near future.

Social Distancing Is The Buzzword

Whereas in 2019, ‘oak processionary’, or ‘processierups’ in Dutch, was the buzzword of the year, it seems that the words ‘social distancing’ will become the catchphrase of 2020. As we enter the next stage of the coronavirus crisis, various government measures been extended. Fir the future, the authorities also demanded that the Dutch people to prepare for a social distancing society. Companies are also asked to prepare themselves for the upcoming changes.  All in-company processes should be redesigned to meet the social distancing requirements.

‘Dutchies’ Don’t Always Take Everything Seriously

We are quite the opinionated society, us Dutchies. Generally speaking, we don’t like to be told what to do. If eventually we start to listen, it is often accompanied by a lot of cynicism, usually inspired by a healthy dose of humor. For example, there are already videos of catering staff throwing glasses of beer towards customers seated six feet away. There’s also footage showing people paying in shops by tossing coins to a sales employee from a distance. Despite our efforts to keep it breezy, it is the new reality. We now live in a social distancing society.

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Keeping You Safe and Informed at Boerejongens Coffeeshops

Events Cancelled Until September 1st

You’ve probably seen the news, whether you’re Dutch or just interested in our country. All major events have been canceled until at least September 1st. So no King’s Day celebration, no Pride, no big festivals. The outlook is a sober one: we’re headed for a spartan summer this year. We know this is necessary to ensure that we can hopefully enjoy the summer of 2021 like we are used to. Let’s accept this year will be shitty and hopefully have fun again without any limits in 2021.

Weed and Social Distancing

It will be interesting to see what effect the social distancing guidelines will have on the use of weed. Coffeeshops are still open for business, but the friendly, mellow atmosphere they used to radiate has made way for a different experience. Your average Dutch weed dispensary is currently more of a highly regulated takeaway counter than anything else. But what is the effect of social distancing on sharing that spliff?

Smoking Weed During Social Distancing

Let’s face it: your chances of taking a sip out of your mate’s beer glass are slim to say the least. If you prefer to smoke a joint together, social distancing is bound to affect your experience. The whole social aspect of sharing a joint with your friends is something that many people find an attractive aspect of smoking. During social distancing, passing that joint to your buddies is definitely off-limits. It is smarter to just let everyone enjoy their own bong or joint to avoid contamination.

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Buying Your Stash During Social Distancing

It takes some getting used to, but we’re gradually learning to cope with normality 2.0 as a society. Nevertheless, caution is in order and it is good to be vigilant about your own health as well as that of your fellow human beings. It is still possible to buy weed or hashish at pick-up counters in Dutch coffeeshops. However, if you do, you’ll need to observe a few important guidelines. We’ll repeat them for you here:

  •  Always observe a six-foot distance from other customers;
  • Wash your hands before and after visiting a shop or pick-up point;
  • If you suffer from any flu symptoms: please stay at home!
  • Make sure you have your ID and bank card ready so that you are in and out quickly;
  • Limit your number of visits as much as possible;
  • Stay indoors as much as you can.

Crisis Up In Smoke

We know it is not a fun time, and the fun is unlikely to return anytime soon. Nevertheless, we feel this is a clear-cut case of “better safe than sorry”. Let’s all simply accept the current limitations as much as we can. If we prepare ourselves for social distancing including its restrictions, we should be able to leave it behind sooner rather than later. Before you know it, you will be able to enjoy your beer on the terrace, your walk (or smoke) in the park, or that delicious sandwich at your favorite restaurant. Let’s keep at it together, because that’s the only way to make this crisis go up in smoke. #staysafe

Waiting in line at Boerejongens Coffeeshops Center with 1,5 meter distance