Rutte: Cafes, bars and restaurants closed and an alcohol ban as of 8:00 PM

13 October 2020

Cafes, bars and restaurants in the Netherlands are to be shut for at least four weeks from Wednesday 10:00 PM in an effort to get coronavirus under control, prime minister Mark Rutte and minister Hugo de Jonge told reporters on Tuesday evening.

These are the new measures, relevant for alcohol policy:

1. Cafes, bars and restaurants will close, including the terraces. Takeaway is allowed until 1.00 AM (pay attention to point 4).
2. Cafes, bars and restaurants at hotels (for hotel guests) and airports (after the security check) may remain open.
3. Sports canteens, discotheques and night clubs will remain closed.
4. The sale and delivery of alcohol is prohibited from 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
5. It is prohibited to possess or consume alcoholic beverages in public areas from 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
6. Shops close at 8:00 PM, with the exception of food shops.
7. Shopping evenings are not allowed.
8. All events are temporarily banned.


Update 23 October 2020: serving alcohol to hotel guests from 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM is now also forbidden


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