The Dutch government on Friday was set to tighten COVID-19 measures, including early closure of bars, restaurants and most stores to stem a record-breaking wave of infections that are threatening to overwhelm the healthcare system.
The current wave of Dutch cases, running above 20,000 infections per day for the past week, has continued despite restrictions including the reintroduction of face masks and closure of bars and restaurants after 8 p.m. imposed by Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government earlier this month.
Rutte said on Friday non-essential stores would be closed from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m., and masks would be required in secondary schools.
His government urged everyone who can to work from home, and if they cannot, to follow social distancing guidelines.
The new measures go into effect Nov. 28.
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