Covid - 'We are entering a new phase': the Netherlands lifts all restrictions

Covid – ‘We are entering a new phase’: the Netherlands lifts all restrictions

The only restrictions that still apply apply only to travelers.

The Dutch health minister announced on Tuesday that the Dutch government will lift most of the measures still in effect against the spread of COVID-19 on Friday, as the record number of new infections did not translate into an increase in the number of hospitalizations. Health, Ernst Kuipers.

“The country will be able to reopen, and we are entering a new phase,” Ernst Kuipers said at a press conference. Bars and restaurants will be open until 1 a.m. (midnight GMT) from Friday, starting at 10 p.m. earlier. If the situation permits, Ernst Kuipers added, normal closing hours will resume from February 25 and urged caution.

“We have just passed the peak (of new pollution), which is why, and we insist that we must remain vigilant,” he said, adding that masks are no longer mandatory but still recommended. Social distancing measures will be lifted at the end of the month. However, travelers will need to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result or a recent recovery certificate to enter the country.

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