Netherlands to Enter Strict Lockdown Days Ahead of Christmas

The Dutch restrictions come into effect on Sunday, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte calling the lockdown "unavoidable" in order to contain the spread of the new variant.
Here we go again.
on Friday night.” /> The Netherlands won't be the only country to enter lockdown around the holidays. France and Germany have also imposed tougher restrictions, with the former going so far as to close its borders to business and leisure travellers from the U.K. Omicron has posed a serious threat in Europe, where countries such as the U.K. — the hardest hit in Western Europe so far, with 25,000 confirmed cases on Saturday — are closely monitoring the spread of the virus.
"I stand here with a gloomy mind, and a lot of people watching will feel that way too," said Rutte in a press conference on Saturday. "The Netherlands is again shutting down."
The country has dealt with 2.95 million cases of COVID and 20,370 deaths since the pandemic began. Around 85.8% of adults aged 18 and over have been fully vaccinated in the Netherlands.
Europe has marked its strictest lockdown yet over the Omicron variant, with the Netherlands announcing a Christmas lockdown that will run through to at least mid-January. Non-essential shops, schools, bars, restaurants and other public venues, including cinemas, will be closed under the new rules.
curfew on bars, cinemas, restaurants and sports venues. The lockdown comes weeks after Dutch authorities introduced a partial lockdown on Nov. 28. Essential shops had to close by 8 p.m. 28, narrowly missed the lockdown restrictions. Those rules restricted social gatherings to 13 people and imposed a 5 p.m. Dutch documentary festival IDFA, which wrapped on Nov.

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