Amsterdam extends delivery windows before crowds hit the beer gardens

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The Netherlands begins relaxing some of its coronavirus restrictions today, and large crowds are expected to hit the country’s beer gardens. In order to ensure bars are stocked up, the city of Amsterdam decided to extend its delivery windows.

Earlier this month, Transport and Logistics Netherlands (TLN) called on authorities in other cities to do the same, calling Amsterdam’s decision “a good initiative that deserves to be copied in more cities.”

In a statement, the organization added that the industry is keen to see wider and flexible delivery windows:

TLN is an important discussion partner for municipalities in the field of delivery window times and is pleased with this decision by the municipality of Amsterdam. The industry is increasingly calling for wider and flexible delivery window times. For now, TLN is calling on other cities to extend the window times at least temporarily in order to be able to supply the catering industry that has been shut down for months.

According to the TLN, in order determine how much longer the windows should be, Amsterdam’s city authorities studied the movements of pedestrians, cyclists, motor vehicles in different areas.

The extension began last thursday and ended yesterday, giving bars and logistics companies a few extra hours a day in which to deliver and receive supplies.

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