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the Netherlands will ease anti-Covid restrictions – RT in French

Shops, sports clubs and higher education can open until 5 p.m. from January 15 in the Netherlands, whose restrictions were among the most restrictive in Europe. Schools have already reopened on January 10.

The Netherlands will ease its anti-Covid health restrictions, among the most restrictive in Europe, by authorizing shops, gyms, hairdressers and sex shops to reopen, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced on January 14. Bars, restaurants, cafes and cultural establishments will remain closed at least until January 25, said the head of government during a press conference.

Mark Rutte said the easing of constraints was a “great moment” for the Netherlands, which spent Christmas and the New Year in lockdown, with restrictions tightened on December 19. Shops can open until 5 p.m. from January 15, as can sports clubs and higher education. Schools reopened on January 10.

The new Minister of Health Ernst Kuipers for his part indicated that the government had decided to relax the constraints due to the drop in hospitalizations, despite a wave of contamination by the Omicron variant. Mark Rutte, however, explained that it was too early to reopen bars and other catering establishments, warning of these new contaminations which, according to him, could soon reach 75,000 or 80,000 per day in the Netherlands.

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