Monday, January 17

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announces the closure of the entire country at Christmas for the omicron variant

The Dutch Government has declared this Saturday, after an emergency meeting due to the advance of the omicron variant, a strict confinement in the Netherlands that comes into force this Sunday and continues until January 14, by which it closes all activity not essential, but also colleges and universities.

At a press conference in The Hague, Acting Prime Minister Mark Rutte explained that only essential shops, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and minimal services will remain open, but everything else, including shops, restaurants, cinemas, theaters or gyms will have to close their doors for almost a month.

Additionally, a maximum of two guests per household per day will be allowed, but there will be an exception of four visitors per home on Christmas Eve, Christmas and San Esteban (December 26) and New Years Eve.