On Saturday, the Netherlands began implementing the first curfew since World War II due to its response to the Covid-19 epidemic.
Citizens are prohibited from leaving their homes from 21:00 (20:00 GMT) until 4.30 (03:30 GMT), and this measure will continue until February 9. Any violator will be fined 95 euros, according to the government.
There are some exceptions, especially for individuals returning from funerals or those forced to do their work, provided that they show special permission to move.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced his intention to announce a curfew before Parliament approved it on Thursday.
He attributed this decision to “the British version of the mutated (from the Coronavirus) and the great concern that we all feel.”
And he considered that the curfew would avoid a mandatory daily closure, bearing in mind that since the start of the health crisis, the Dutch have not had to justify their movements.
“It could be a substantial measure,” said Harris, 33, while walking in front of the prime minister’s residence and parliament in The Hague. Perhaps it is necessary, but the psychological state of people is not good at the moment. I expect things to get worse. ”
This measure sparked opposition from some deputies, led by the far-right bloc leader, Geert Wilders.
Rutte and his cabinet members resigned last week following a scandal related to families’ aid, but they continue to conduct business until the legislative elections scheduled for March 17th.
And the Hague announced in mid-December a series of measures to curb the Corona virus outbreak, the most severe in the Netherlands since the start of the health crisis.
In this context, all non-essential stores were closed after schools, cafes, and restaurants closed since mid-October.