Complete lockdown in The Netherlands

18 December 2021

The spread of the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus must be slowed as soon as possible in order to ensure healthcare services remain available to all. This is why the government has decided that the Netherlands will go into lockdown from Sunday 19 December until at least Friday 14 January 2022.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced this tonight at a press conference with Hugo de Jonge and Jaap van Dissel.

This means that almost all catering venues are closed, except for delivery and takeaway. Roadside restaurants and hotels may be open. Roadside restaurants are only open to truckers, hotels only to overnight guests who have to eat in their rooms.

Essential shops, such as supermarkets and liquor shops, can open until 8PM. Face masks must be worn. The maximum number of shoppers is one per 5 square metres. Events are not permitted.


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