Netherlands Starting to See the Light at the End of COVID-Tunnel
Shops and Restaurant Terraces to Re-Open as more COVID-restrictions Eased 28 April
The Netherlands is slowly but surely re-opening after a long period of lockdown which saw higher education move almost entirely online. From next Wednesday, April 28, the government will finally relax some of its corona measures, like the re-opening of restaurants and shops - albeit it under certain conditions.
The announcement was made this week by the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte. The controversial night curfew which currently runs from 10 p.m. - 4.30 a.m. will also fall away on the morning of the 28th. Rutte called the gradual reopening of the country a "balancing act". People are still encouraged to work from home, travel as little as possible and keeping to the basic COVID-rules such as regularly washing of hands and keeping a distance of at least 1.5 m. The most important changes from 28 April are:
The curfew will be lifted on 28 April at 4.30 a.m.
After April 28 you can welcome two guests per household instead of one as is currently the case.
Measures to stay in place until at least 11 May are:
- Museums are closed
- Gyms are closed
- Cinemas are closed
- Zoos are closed
- Casinos are closed
- Theatres are closed
- Theme parks are closed
- Wearing of masks inside all indoor public spaces and public transport modes
by James Wittenborg