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Dutch government eases lockdown, opens shops, gyms and hairdressers


Shops, hairdressers and gyms will be allowed to reopen in the Netherlands, but bars and restaurants must remain closed, the Dutch government has said, as it announced a relaxation of one of the strictest lockdowns in ‘Europe.

Bars, restaurants, museums and theaters will remain closed until at least January 25, the government has announced.

“I fully understand that this seems completely unfair after all these long months of closure and after all this effort to open safely,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte said of the hospitality industry.

The country spent Christmas and the New Year in lockdown, but from Saturday shops will be able to reopen until 5 p.m.

Schools also reopened earlier in the week.

The Netherlands has reported more than 30,000 new daily COVID-19 infections, an all-time high since the start of the pandemic.

Hospitalizations were high in early December, but have since declined.

Around 86% of the adult population in the Netherlands is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and around 46% have received a booster.


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