As Europe faces a new outbreak of the COVID 19 virus, the Netherlands is entering a partial lockdown. Many countries in the European Union are reporting an increase in the number of cases, and this is certainly a worrying trend. Netherlands Acting Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said restrictions that were supposed to have ended for good are now being reimposed.
New restrictions are re-imposed in the Netherlands for a period of three weeks. The Dutch government on Saturday asked restaurants and stores to close early, marking the start of this new lockdown.
The Netherlands has further asked supermarkets and all non-essential retailers to close earlier, while social distancing has been reimposed. The Dutch government has further announced that spectators are not allowed to watch sporting events during this period.
In addition, the government has announced that the hostels will accommodate no more than four visitors, which is to take effect immediately. While cafes and nightclubs will close at 8 p.m.
Mark Rutte said in a televised address: “Tonight we bring a very nasty message with very nasty and far-reaching measures. The virus is everywhere and must be fought everywhere.”
Other countries like Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic are also considering new restrictions or have already started imposing them today. As the Christmas holidays approach, these blockages and restrictions tend to be unpopular this time of year.