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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Netherlands’ easing of lockdown will start on June 5

On Friday, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, stated that the ”lockdown” will end on June 5, and new restrictions will be made public.

On museums, one visitor can enter within 10 square meters, whereas cinemas and theaters will work with the capacity of 50 visitors only.

According to the government, with bigger venues such as the ones with 1,000 seats, they can allow around 250 visitors within 1.5 meters apart. Moreover, amusement parks, zoos, nature parks and their indoor spaces will reopen as well.

Groups up to 4 people can meet outside, and restaurants will be permitted to serve indoors just until 10:00 p.m.

”The relaxations that will take effect on June 5 actually mean the end of the lockdown. We are taking a calculated risk but if the sky falls in our heads next week and the numbers increase again, we will be facing a new situation.” said Rutte.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Netherlands, with a population of more than 17 million, has had over 1.5 million Covid-19 cases, with over 17,500 deaths.

Hospitalizations and cases have decreased a lot with 3,914 cases on Friday, which is far less than it was from 6,000 to 9,000 at the start of May.

According to the health ministry, the average number of hospital admissions was 115 per day.

Just last month, the lockdown has ended, whereas cafes and restaurants have been allowed to work in their outdoor spaces.

”People like me are looking forward to going to a concert, to eating out.” further said Rutte.

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