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As vaccination progresses, The Netherlands is ready to lift restrictions

As vaccination progresses, The Netherlands is ready to lift restrictions

Starting from 28 April

The Netherlands is ready to removе а part of the coronavirus restrictions, thanks to the progress of the vaccination, as the authorities explained on Tuesday evening. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Hugo de Jonge held a TV press-conference yesterday evening explaining that as of 28 April, some of the precautionary measures in the country will cease to apply.

Terraces reopen and curfew is lifted in The Netherlands

There will be no curfew in The Netherlands from 28 April; it will be allowed to receive up to two persons at home per day, or visit not more than one. These are some of the changes that will apply from next Wednesday and which are due to the fact that fewer people are getting sick with COVID-19 in the country.

The success of the vaccination process also allows for the reopening of terraces at catering establishments from 12:00 to 18:00, where one can sit with up to one other person from a different household, other than children below the age of 12. It will also be possible to visit indoor premises of the establishment while wearing a mask, for specific reasons, like paying the bill.

Non-essential shops and markets will stay open from 06:00 to 20:00 and it will be possible to go shopping without an appointment. However, it is highly recommended to avoid busy times of the day and to go there alone. Supermarkets, too, will see their opening times normalized and it will again be possible to shop for non-essentials (clothing and cosmetics) at the markets.

Starting from Monday 26 April, higher education and high school students can attend physical classes once per week, and driver’s license exams will become possible again.

The government will be reviewing the measures again on 3 May and should the vaccination proceed at a satisfactory pace, more restrictions may be lifted. As for the practice of sports, going to amusement parks, and catering, among others, positive changes are on the horizon from 11 May.



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