Night traffic ban in the Netherlands to curb the coronavirus

A majority of Dutch lawmakers approved a night-time curfew in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic on Thursday (January 21st), with the government announcing it would take effect next Saturday.

This is the first time since World War II that this measure will be imposed.

The Dutch parliament approved the traffic ban, provided that it starts every night at 21.00 local time (22.00 Greek time) instead of 20.30, as the government wanted.

The traffic ban will end daily at 04.30 in the morning and will last at least until February 9.

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, announced yesterday his intention to implement a traffic ban, but clarified that he would like the “sufficient support” of the parliament.

His initiative has been met with controversy by some lawmakers, including far-right leader Geert Wilders.

Rutte explained that the decision to take such a measure was taken because of the “British mutation and the great concerns we all have”.

For his part, Wilders called the government’s plan for a curfew “disproportionate”.

“I am here for freedom. “I myself have lost her,” Wilders, who has been under police protection for years, told parliament today.

“I do not accept to enforce a traffic ban without reason (…), at a time when there are alternatives,” he added.

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