Concerned about the rapid spread of virus mutations, the Netherlands is drastically tightening the corona measures and imposing a flight ban on passenger planes from Great Britain, South Africa, and South America.
The ban will apply from next Saturday, announced Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday in The Hague. The particularly contagious virus variants are widespread in the areas. The flight ban applies until a quarantine requirement for travelers from these countries has been regulated.
The Netherlands also wants to introduce an evening curfew. The Prime Minister announced that citizens should only be allowed to leave their apartments in urgent cases from the weekend between 8.30 p.m. and 4.30 a.m. There had not been such a serious measure since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Social contacts further reduced
Social contacts are also greatly reduced. Instead of the previous two people, citizens are only allowed to meet one person per day outside of their own household.
The government needs parliamentary approval to introduce a curfew. The coalition government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte is the only executive after resigning last week.
Lockdown since mid-December
The country has been in lockdown since mid-December. Shops, schools, and restaurants are closed until February 9th and personal contacts are severely restricted.