The Netherlands extends lockdown for three weeks more

The Netherlands extends lockdown for three weeks more

Until 9 February, non-essential shops will remain closed

The Netherlands will remain on lockdown until 9 February at least, announced Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Hugo de Jonge at a TV press conference on 12 January. This means that most places where gatherings of people occur will remain closed for another three weeks.

The purpose: limit personal contacts as much as possible and reduce the risk of transmission of the corona virus, which is even more important given the appearance of the new variations of the coronavirus, which are yet to be studied.

Measures in force in the Netherlands until 9 February 2021

The Netherlands is observing a slight decrease in the number of coronavirus contaminations, which serves to prove that the lockdown has been effective so far, the authorities believe. However, the task is now to reduce daily infections much faster and relieve the pressure on hospitals and intensive care units. That is why the Dutch government decided on the lockdown extension until 9 February at least.

Accordingly, until this date non-essential stores (like clothing, jewellery), restaurants, casinos, beauty salons, saunas, theatres, zoos, etc. remain closed. Schools and universities will continue with remote classes until 7 February, too.

Primary schools and childcare will not open at least until 25 January (with some exceptions for exam year students, vocational education and children in difficulty); the Government is yet to explore the possibility of their reopening after this date.

Pharmacies and grocery stores remain open and so will hotels, but they are not allowed to serve food.

Travelling abroad is strongly discouraged at least until 31 March and anyone who travels to The Netherlands must show a negative coronavirus test.

When it comes to personal life, people are allowed to go outside with a maximum of one other person, apart from their household members. Similarly, no more than 2 guests over 13 years of age are to be received at home.

Additional research is carried out with regards to the development of the new variant of the coronavirus, which may lead to the conclusion that a curfew is necessary. This is not confirmed yet, however.

Finally, the government will review the measures on 2 February and will decide upon their adjustment, as needed.

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