Dutch announce COVID lockdown easing amid record infections

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday announced the reopening of shops, hairdressers and gyms, partially lifting the closure despite record numbers of new COVIC-19 cases, Trend reports citing Reuters.

“We are taking a big step, and that also means we are taking a big risk,” Root said in a televised news conference.

Nonessential stores, hairdressers, beauty salons and other service providers will be allowed to reopen under strict conditions until 5 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) for the first time since mid-December.

Rutte added that the uncertainty means bars, restaurants and cultural venues must remain closed until at least January 25.


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