Rutte: Curfew needed to protect public health

Wednesday, 20. January 2021 14:29

A curfew in the Netherlands is needed to protect public health, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at a press conference on Wednesday as he officially announced the introduction of a curfew that will start on Friday.

"We're getting out of this. But first we have to brace ourselves again, now that more contagious variants are coming our way. The experts are warning of a third wave and we must take that seriously," the prime minister stated.

The curfew will be implemented every day from 8:30 pm CET to 4:30 am CET until February 10. Before it is officially confirmed, the curfew will have to pass parliamentary proceedings, Rutte noted. The Netherlands will also ban flights from a number of countries and limit entrance from states outside of the European Union. A 10-day quarantine will be obligatory for anyone arriving in the country, with an option to shorten it with a negative PCR test after five days.

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