Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced at a press conference with Health Minister Hugo de Jonge that the tightened COVID-19 measures that took effect on December 15 were extended for another 3 weeks.
Rutte pointed out that despite the measures taken, the number of cases did not decrease at the desired rate and that a new type of COVID-19, which was seen in England, had mutation and spread more rapidly.
Prime Minister Rutte noted that primary schools and nurseries could open from January 25, according to the spread of the new strain of COVID-19.
Expecting the experts’ advice on what the curfew will bring, Rutte said, “The curfew is a very harsh measure that no one wants.” said.
Rutte called for not to travel outside the country for the next 6 weeks unless there is a very urgent situation.
Regarding vaccination policies, Minister and Jonge underlined that they aim to vaccinate those who are in critical condition by spring, people over 60 by the summer and all adults in the country by autumn.
Emphasizing that the new species undergoing mutation affects a small rate in daily cases, Jonge stated that this rate may increase.
In the Netherlands, where the daily number of cases was around 7 thousand, the total number of casualties from COVID-19 exceeded 12,500.
Measures valid until February 9
According to the extended measures, all shops and stores, except places such as markets, butchers, greengrocers and bakeries, will be closed.
Beauty centers, barbers, hairdressers and massage salons and tattooists will continue to remain closed.
Cinema, museum, zoo and public libraries will remain closed.
While the hotels remain open, the restaurant will remain closed to sections.
State aid will be given to businesses that have been closed. Employers will allow their employees to work remotely as much as possible.
Businesses such as bars and restaurants that have been closed will be able to continue with the package service.
In churches, synagogues and mosques, if the 1.5 meter distance rule and the obligation to wear a mask are followed, worship can be held.
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