Netherlands: Empty streets and closed shops after sudden lockdown

Netherlands: Empty streets and closed shops after sudden lockdown

Trade routes are closed in the Netherlands and citizens’ plans for the Christmas holiday are up in the air as the country goes into a state of lockdown starting today, aimed at limiting expected growth. coronavirus cases Due to the spread of the Omicron version. Prime minister Mark Rutte A sudden lockdown was announced yesterday afternoon, closing unnecessary shops as well as restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, museums and other public places from today until at least January 14. The news shocked many Dutch people who were preparing for the Christmas and New Year holidays. There were many people who ran yesterday to get gifts and food, but also to get a haircut at the last minute. Hospitality workers are demanding compensation for profits lost during the holiday season, while gym owners are stressing the need for physical activity during the health crisis.

“It is extremely painful and dramatic to close all bars and restaurants in such a critical month. “We need compensation and an exit strategy.” Announced the Dutch Association of Hospitality Services.

All schools will be closed a week before the Christmas holidays, ie tomorrow, Monday, and will remain closed until at least January 9, while homes are required to receive no more than two guests and outdoor gatherings up to two people. are limited.

The number of cases in the country has fallen from record levels in recent weeks following a one-night lockdown at the end of last month.

But since the beginning of December, cases of the Omicron variant have increased rapidly and this variation is expected to become most prevalent by the end of the year.

It would be a severe blow to hospitals that have been canceling routine care for weeks in an attempt to avoid a shortage of hospital beds due to the high number of patients. COVID-19,

The government announced yesterday that it would accelerate the release of booster doses of the vaccine after a slow start to the vaccination campaign and now aims to vaccinate more than 60 people by the end of this month.

Although more than 85% of adults Dutch When vaccinated, less than 9% of adults have so far taken a third dose, one of the lowest rates in Europe.

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