AMSTERDAM, Nov. 12 (Reuters) – The Netherlands will return to a partial lockdown from Saturday after the government ordered restaurants and shops to close early and barred spectators from major sporting events in a bid to stem a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases. Checkers.
Outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a television speech on Friday that the stricter rules will be imposed for three weeks.
“Tonight we will bring a very unpleasant message with very unpleasant and far-reaching measures,” said Rutte. “The virus is everywhere and must be fought everywhere,” he said.
Supermarkets and non-essential retailers will also close earlier and social distancing measures will be re-imposed. The number recommended no more than four visitors at home.
Rutte said the government is also exploring ways to limit public access to people who have not been vaccinated after the lockdown period.
Reporting by Anthony Deutsch, Bart Meijer, Toby Sterling; Editing by Chris Reese and Grant McCool
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