The Netherlands will turn into a partial blockade from this Saturday after the government ordered restaurants and shops to close early and banned citizens from attending major sporting events in a bid to stem a rapidly rising COVID-19 case.
Incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the restrictions the Dutch had thought had been lifted permanently were being re-imposed in three weeks.
Supermarkets and non-core stores will also close earlier and social distancing measures will be reinstated. The government recommended that no more than four visitors be received at home, as these restrictions take effect immediately, writes Reuters, reports Klankosova.tv.
Cafes and nightclubs will have to close at 20:00 this Saturday.
The government was also considering ways to restrict indoor access to people who had not been vaccinated, a politically sensitive measure that would require parliamentary approval.
The new infections reached 16,000 for the second day in a row on Friday, beating the previous record of just under 13,000 cases confirmed on a given day in December last year.
Rutte instructed people to work from home whenever possible and said no spectators would be allowed in the coming weeks to watch sporting events, including the Dutch football team’s World Cup qualifier match against Norway on Tuesday. .
Nearly 85 percent of the Dutch adult population is fully vaccinated. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Netherlands has registered 2.27 million cases of COVID-19 and 18 thousand 695 deaths.
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