The Dutch government says that zoos and theme parks will be allowed to reopen under strict conditions next week and that bars and cafes may extend the opening hours of their outdoor terraces if hospital and ICU continue to enter.
HAGUE, Netherlands – Dutch zoos and theme parks will be allowed to reopen next week under strict conditions and bars and cafes may extend the opening times of their outdoor roofs, if hospital and intensive care admissions continue to decline , Then acting Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Tuesday.
Rutte said the country would move into the second phase of its gradual rebirth from a lockdown lasting for months on May 19 if the number dropped by 20% from the peaks at the end of April.
If they do not, the relaxation will not proceed. But Rutte said he hoped the current declining trend would continue and ease the lockdown to move forward.
It is “two steps with a pause button,” Rutte said at a nationally broadcast news conference.
The second phase of the government’s reopened road map also means that swimming pools, gyms and other indoor sports Venues can reopen, where there are strict terms on visitor numbers, and sex workers can resume their work. Huh. Open-air museum and theater will be allowed to open.
Neighboring Belgium first announced on Tuesday that it too would be relaxing its lockdown as of next month.
After six months of lockdown, Dutch bars and cafes reopened their outdoor roofs last month under harsh conditions.
Last month also saw huge crowds in Dutch cities flouting the rules of social distances to celebrate the National King’s Day holiday.
Underlining the need to stick to basic hygiene and social distinction regulations, Rutte said local health officials have attributed 17 large new groups of infections to the King’s Day celebrations in Amsterdam.
The government also said that since May 15, it is reducing its general advice not to travel to foreign countries and will allow people to travel to designated countries safely due to low infection rates.
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