Netherlands says ‘doei!’ to curfew

What a day it was yesterday — we celebrated the birthday of excellent ol’ King Willy, gazed at a shocking supermoon (did you see it?!) and earlier than the evening was over the Dutch curfew was lifted.

For the primary time tonight, folks within the Netherlands can go outdoors after 10 PM with out an exemption. Which means if you wish to:

  • Take a midnight stroll? Go for it!
  • Dance on the street at 3:00 within the morning? Be our visitor!
  • Drink on a terrace till the solar rises? Ah, not but.

First curfew since WWII

For the primary time since January 23 folks will have the ability to depart their properties at any time. The curfew was initially a “final resort” from the federal government due to fears it could carry up recollections of the final time the Dutch had been below curfew, throughout the German occupation in WWII.

When the curfew was introduced, not all Dutch folks had been in favour: there have been protests and riots over the nation, and challenges concerning the legality of it in courtroom. It took an attraction by the federal government to have the curfew allowed.

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Extra relaxations

Saying goodbye to the curfew isn’t the one factor Dutchies might be doing at the moment. Relaxations of coronavirus restrictions are coming into play.

Non-essential outlets are allowed to reopen with out appointment slots, and terraces can open between restricted hours. We will now have two guests at dwelling every day, and the variety of folks allowed at funerals has doubled from 50 to 100.

The total vary of measures introduced ultimately week’s press convention. Picture: DutchReview

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