The Netherlands lifts COVID-19 measures and many hospitality facilities reopen

The Dutch government has announced that it will begin lifting the strictest COVID-19 regulations in Europe, allowing the hospitality industry to welcome customers again.

“As of January 26, most parts of our country can be reopened under certain conditions,” the government said. guidance This section describes the conditions for restarting. “This means that restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters, music venues, museums, zoos and amusement parks can be reopened.”

The Netherlands has been in a severe blockade since mid-December, when the government forced contact specialists such as non-essential stores and hairdressers to close the door.

Since January 26, the Dutch hospitality industry has been allowed to welcome customers only if capacity is reduced and social distance rules are in place. In addition, this sector cannot be opened from 10 pm to 5 am and customers must present their COVID-19 vaccine passport to allow entry.

Thousands of protesters have recently been angry at government orders allowing non-essential shops, barber shops, and sex workers to stay open on January 15, closing other places such as restaurants and cafes. As it remained, it filled the streets of the country.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday that he had announced an alleviation of the toughest situation. CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus European restrictions that the government is “taking a big step today to unleash” the country.

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will give a speech on January 26, 2022, during a debate in the House of Representatives on the progress surrounding COVID-19 in The Hague, the Netherlands. (Bart Maat / ANP / AFP via Getty Images)

“Today we are really at risk, and we need to be clear about it,” Rutte said, noting that current cases of the CCP virus “actually go through the roof.”

The National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM), an independent body of the Dutch Ministry of Health, reported a record 366,120 cases last week, an increase of 51%, and the restrictions were relaxed. The total number of CCP viruses is increasing and hospitalizations are increasing, but the number of patients admitted to the ICU is decreasing.

Almost 90% of Dutch adults were jabbed and about 57% received booster shots. Approximately 90% of people over the age of 60 who are eligible for boosters have been shot, According to RIVM..

Meanwhile, in Denmark, after Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen addressed the country on Wednesday and after many solemn press conferences, she was finally able to deliver “incredibly good news” and the government began in early February. Announced that it will remove all remaining CCP antivirus measures from.

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Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will address at a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office in Copenhagen, Denmark, on February 24, 2021. (Jens Dresling / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP via Getty Images)

“Denmark will be reopened and fully opened,” she said, adding that the government believes Denmark has overcome the “crisis phase” while the pandemic is still ongoing.

It wasn’t immediately clear what restrictions Danes would lift, but it could include a digital health pass. The Digital Health Pass must be used to enter museums, night clubs, cafes, party buses, and to sit indoors in restaurants.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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