Netherlands returns to partial lockdown amid COVID-19 surge

Netherlands returns to partial lockdown amid COVID-19 surge By A Robin - November 15, 2021
People with and without protective masks walk on the street in Amsterdam

People with and without protective masks walk on the street while shopping as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Netherlands will return to a partial lockdown from Saturday after the government ordered restaurants and shops to close early and barred spectators from major sporting events in an effort to contain a rapid surge in COVID-19 cases.

Caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a televised address on Friday that the stricter rules will be imposed for three weeks.

"Tonight we are bringing a very unpleasant message with very unpleasant and far-reaching measures," Rutte said. "The virus is everywhere and needs to combated everywhere," he said.

Supermarkets and non-essential retailers will also close earlier and social distancing measures will be reimposed. The number of recommended no more than four visitors at home.

Rutte said the government was also exploring ways to limit public access to people who have not been vaccinated after the lockdown period.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch, Bart Meijer, Toby Sterling; Editing by Chris Reese and Grant McCool

SOURCE: REUTERS

By A Robin - November 15, 2021

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