Latest news: Social distancing rule lifted in the Netherlands

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Interim Government Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Hugo de Jonge told the press conference that a number of restrictions, including the social distancing rule, will not be implemented after the September 25.

In the statement, it was noted that there are plans to launch the “corona card” application so that those who have the Kovid-19 vaccine, who test negative or who have already had the disease can benefit from “more of freedom”.

If the app starts, the corona card app will be implemented removing the limit on the number of entries to cafes, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, festivals and sporting events.


According to Rutte’s statement, from September 25, nightclubs and bars that were closed in July will reopen.

The places in question will remain open until midnight, as in cafes and restaurants, but will remain closed until 6:00 a.m.

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At festivals, sporting activities and outdoor events, provided that a vaccination record or a negative test result is presented, the entire seating capacity, of which 75 percent is in indoor venues, can be used.

If events continue after midnight, beverage service will be discontinued.

The obligation to wear masks in colleges, high schools and colleges and the limit of students that can be found in the classes will be removed.

Although the mask rule continues in public transport and airports, the obligation to wear masks on platforms and stations will be removed.

Additionally, if a case of Kovid-19 is found in elementary schools, the whole class quarantine rule will be removed.

As a result, if one student in the class is infected, the rest of the class will continue their education face to face.

The recommendation to work from home was also removed.


Stating that there are Kovid-19 patients in hospitals and intensive care units, Rutte said, “We are not completely back to normal.” warned.

Prime Minister Rutte announced that effective September 22, the quarantine requirement has been lifted for people arriving and vaccinated from abroad, including passengers from high-risk countries.


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Health Minister De Jonge noted that the proportion of adults who received at least one dose of the vaccine in the country reached 81.7%.

Minister De Jonge said preparations have started for the third dose of the vaccine to be given to people with weakened immune systems, following advice from the Dutch Health Council.

De Jonge also said that there would be no compulsory vaccination, “Compulsory vaccination will not be carried out.” noted.

The number of daily cases in the Netherlands has been between 2,000 and 3,000 per day since the end of July.

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