The Netherlands will go into a strict lockdown over the Christmas and New Year period to try to contain the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Saturday.
Measures including the closure of all non-essential shops, restaurants, hairdressers and gyms will go into effect on Sunday and remain in place until Jan. 14. All schools will be closed until Jan. 9.
“The Netherlands is again shutting down. That is unavoidable because of the fifth wave that is coming at us with the Omicron variant,” Rutte told a televised news conference.
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Lockdown in the Netherlands:
– From tomorrow until January 14
– All non-essential stores, restaurants, cinemas, and schools are closed
– Events are banned, including Christmas markets
– Only 2 people can be outside together, unless they live at the same address. 4 on holidays
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) December 18, 2021
Netherlands announces strict lockdown starting at 5am tomorrow, lasting until at least January 14th. All non-essential shops are closed. All restaurants closed (with exception for e.g. takeout).https://t.co/8toKpTaoYt
— Steve Lookner (@lookner) December 18, 2021