See-ya 9PM curfew! As of today, you can stay out one hour later in the Netherlands

It’s finally time to wave goodbye to the 9 PM curfew — and exchange it for the 10 PM version. An improvement is better than nothing!

Shops and supermarkets will also enjoy a stretch in their opening hours, now able to close their doors at 9:45 PM at the latest.

The curfew will continue to end at 4:30 AM and anyone found outside between 10 PM and 4:30 AM without a valid reason will be fined €95. 💸

READ MORE| The Dutch curfew declaration form: all you need to know if you have to be out late

Curfew in the Netherlands

The Dutch government made the decision to implement a nationwide curfew in response to the growing danger of the UK variant of coronavirus in the Netherlands.

With infection numbers continuing to rise throughout the country, the cabinet cannot see the justification in ending the curfew for the time being.

Summer hours

However, as the Netherlands enters summer, it would have been more difficult to continue to implement the 9 PM curfew. Why you may ask? It’s simple, the sunlight.

Anyone living in the country of continuous cloud cover — a.k.a the Netherlands — knows that sunshine is widely appreciated. This may lead to more people breaking curfew throughout the summer months in order to soak up the last bit of precious sunrays.

In order to reduce the chance of an exponential jump in the number of fines handed out, the decision was made to push back the curfew by an hour. We’ll take an extra hour of soaking up sunshine any day! ☀️😎

Will you be enjoying the extra hour? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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Sarah O'Leary
Sarah O'Leary
Sarah originally arrived in the Netherlands due to an inability to make her own decisions — she was simply told by her mother to choose the Netherlands for Erasmus. Life here has been challenging (have you heard the language) but brilliant for Sarah, and she loves to write about it. When Sarah is not acting as a safety threat to herself and others (cycling), you can find her sitting in a corner of Leiden with a coffee, trying to sound witty.


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