The Netherlands will ease a number of restrictions imposed against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic from April 28. In particular, the curfew will be lifted, RTL TV channel reported on Tuesday, citing sources in the Dutch government.
“The curfew will be lifted, shops and markets will be able to open again,” the TV channel said. — In addition, the terraces will be able to open, but they will only work from 12: 00 to 18: 00.”
At the same time, certain restrictions will be imposed on test mass events, such as concerts, performances, and football matches, held throughout the country as part of the experiment. They will be canceled if the number of patients in intensive care units exceeds 900 people.
The first case of coronavirus infection in the Netherlands was detected on February 27 last year. According to the National Institute of Health and the Environment, more than 1.4 million people have been infected with the coronavirus in the country so far. Almost 17 thousand infected people died.
To prevent the spread of infection, an almost total quarantine was introduced in the country from mid-December 2020, and a curfew came into force on January 23. In early March, the measures were slightly relaxed: primary and secondary schools were opened, hairdressers and beauty salons were allowed to work, and shops that did not sell food and basic necessities were able to open their doors under strict conditions. However, most of the restrictions still remain in force. Over the past few weeks, 5-8 thousand new cases of infection have been detected in the country every day.