The cabinet plans to allow cafes and bars to open up to 1am from next Friday, and to increase the number of people in theatres and sports stadiums, health minister Ernst Kuipers has told MPs in a briefing.

Locations with more than 500 people will still have to have seating but guests will no longer have to keep their distance from each other – if infection rates allow it, Kuipers said. That means stadiums and theatres can fill their seats to maximum capacity again. The coronavirus pass will still be in use but will not be extended to new situations.

The decision will be made this week.