Netherlands firmly loosens coronavirus restrictions. New regulations will come into force tomorrow!

Prime Minister Rutte and the new Minister of Health of the Netherlands Ernst Kuipers announced at a joint press conference further loosening of restrictions. The relaxation will come into force already from tomorrow (27.01.22).

Rutte: “We are taking another big step today. Let’s make sure that the Netherlands can open up further”.

Rutte said that it is up to everyone whether the Netherlands will not have to reintroduce restrictions. Concluding his speech, Rutte turned to culture and gastronomy. “The Netherlands has missed you,” he said.

New coronavirus rules in the Netherlands

Here are some of the new rules that will take effect in the Netherlands starting tomorrow:

► Shops and restaurants can be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

► A fixed seat is required in restaurants, theaters and cinemas.

► Football stadiums may be re-visited by fans. However, occupancy may be a maximum of one third of the capacity of the venue.

► If possible, a distance of 1.5 metres should be maintained. In addition, it is advisable to wear a mask even outdoors. For example, on busy shopping streets.

Lockdown in the Netherlands lasted from 19 December

On December 19, the lockdown was re-imposed in the Netherlands; all stores, restaurants, bars, cinemas, museums and theaters that are not essential had to close.

The fact that stores, gyms, barber stores and sex stores were allowed to reopen on January 15, while bars, restaurants, cafes and cultural institutions remained closed, caused great discontent and protests.

In some Dutch cities, cafes opened despite the ban, numerous museums and concert halls opened their doors for days of action and announced that people could get haircuts or attend fitness courses there.


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