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New Regulations To Combat Covid-19 In The Netherlands Have Just Been Announced

By Katherine Notman

New Regulations To Combat Covid-19 In The Netherlands Have Just Been Announced

The new regulations come into force at midnight.

Tonight at 7 pm the Dutch caretaker government held a press conference at which they outlined new restrictions. These new restrictions will come into force from midnight tonight (July 9), and be in force for as long as the cabinet deems necessary to control the spread of Covid-19 in the Netherlands.

These changes will see the catering industry close. Events can still go ahead, but with adjusted capacity limits on the number of people allowed to attend, and multi-day events will be canceled. Nightclubs, which have just reopened under the most recent easing of restrictions, must now close at 12 midnight. Bars, restaurants, and all similar establishments must also close from 12 midnight tonight.

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People must maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from one another, and all of these measures will remain in place until at least August 13. Whether or not restrictions will ease again following August 13 will depend entirely on the rates of infection, rates of hospitalisation, and success of the vaccination operation in the country. Additionally, access tests will be only valid for 24 hours and testing for access has been canceled until at least August 13.