Say what? The Dutch fireworks ban will not be imposed this NYE

Another New Year’s Eve, another supposed fireworks ban — but will the Netherlands really experience a BOOM-less end to 2021?

Well if the Dutch BOAs have anything to do with it, no. Why? Because they won’t have anything to do with it.

BOAs can be thought of as Dutch police who patrol the streets of the Netherlands and make sure everyone is sticking to the outdoor public rules.

Usually, this involves ensuring that no one is setting off fireworks in the middle of the street around this time of year. 💥

More important things to worry about

However, this year, BOAs will be far too busy making sure that people stick to coronavirus rules — meaning the stomping out of fireworks will have to wait.

READ MORE | Dutch Quirk #92: Be weirdly pyromaniacal about fireworks

With the Netherlands in a nationwide lockdown, many people will be a bit stuck for how to celebrate this year. As a result, BOAs will likely be breaking up large gatherings.

And with a lack of employees, Chairman of the BOA ACP Trade Union, Richard Gerrits, explains to the NOS that “we will enforce what is most important at the moment, namely the coronavirus rules.”

And you know what, fair enough. There are worse things than fireworks — but for the love of Oliebollen, try not to make anyone’s job harder this year, it’s been a long one. 🙄

How will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve this year? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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Sarah O'Leary 🇮🇪
Sarah O'Leary 🇮🇪
Before becoming the Senior Editor of DutchReview, Sarah was a fresh-faced international looking to learn more about the Netherlands. Since moving here in 2017, Sarah has added a BA in English and Philosophy (Hons.), an MA in Literature (Hons.), and over three years of writing experience at DutchReview to her skillset. When Sarah isn't acting as a safety threat to herself and others (cycling), you can find her trying to sound witty while writing about some of the stickier topics such as mortgages and Dutch law.


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