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Dutch PM announces tough nationwide COVID lockdown

10:35, 15 December 2020
Dutch PM announces tough nationwide COVID lockdown

COVID incidence is on the rise in the Netherlands, forcing local authorities to impose a full lockdown, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

Less than a week ago, I said that we were at a crossroads. The coronavirus is spreading even faster, the prime minister stressed.

The restrictions will take effect at midnight on December 15 and last for five weeks, the NL Times reports.

All bars, restaurants, cinemas, zoos, and theaters will be closed in the country. Only essential shops, libraries, and dry cleaners will remain open.

Schoolchildren and students will be provided with distance education from December 16, and hotels will be allowed to work only if their restaurants are closed. Also, Mark Rutte urged residents not to fly abroad and not leave their homes unless there is an urgent need.

The authorities of the German capital have decided to tighten the COVID-19 countermeasures from December 16, NEWS.ru reported earlier. Restrictions will be imposed on residents' movement, alcohol sales in mulled wine stands, and snack kiosks.