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€9m fines were issued to people who violated the curfew

Dutch police announced that 95,000 fines were issued to people who violated the government-imposed curfew since the start of its operation, which had the intention to slow the spread of coronavirus. 

The curfew was introduced on January 23, and since then over €9m fines have been generated. People who got caught breaking the curfew without a valid reason were fined €95.  

The police have registered more than 1,500 demonstrations in the period between January and April, which is double the protest in the first months of 2020, and around 20% more than in the same period in 2019, according to a police update.

The measure required extra effort and work from the officers, especially during the violent protests in recent months, the police stated. Police officers had to work more hours per day, since the beginning of the curfew, 212,000 extra hours were recorded. 

This has made enormous demands on police officers, who have not had enough time for rest, practice leisure activities, or spend time with their families,” police chief Willem Woelen pointed out in a statement. “Society can expect from the police that we maintain public order and safety. We do that, even though it puts considerable pressure on our people.

The curfew had no effect 

Furthermore, RIVM (the public health institute) said that it is too early to tell if the curfew was ineffective. 

The statement of the agency follows comments by acute hospital care chief Ernst Kuipers, who during a TV show said that the curfew did not affect hospital admissions. He mentioned that the goal of the curfew was to reduce hospital admissions by 10%. “If you look at how hospital admissions have progressed during the period, you can see no effect through the introduction of curfew or the change in the time,” Kuipers added.

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