Netherlands Reimposes Covid Restrictions as New Cases Surge

By Kurt Stolz on 10 July 2021
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An historic building at the Openluchtmuseum (Open Air Museum) in Arnhem

The Netherlands moved to reimpose Covid-19 lockdown restrictions amidst a surge of new cases driven largely by the India, or Delta, variant.

The number of infections has been climbing since June 27, when there were only 498 new cases. On July 9, there were 6,926.

“Most infections have occurred in nightlife settings and parties with high numbers of people,” said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.  A spokesman said that the government was concerned about the “possibility of new virus mutations arising” and “the lingering symptoms of ‘long Covid.’”

As a result, new restrictions go into effect Saturday, and will remain in force through at least August 13.

The restrictions include the closing of all discos and night clubs and a recommendation that people only host parties that are small and that those in attendance maintain at least 1.5 m (4.9’) social distancing, including those who are vaccinated.

Restaurants and bars may remain open but will be required to remain closed from midnight to 6 a.m.  Live entertainment at these venues is prohibited.

Finally, the country is suspending its coronavirus entry program, which granted exceptions to the 1.5-meter social distancing rule.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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