Slowly but surely, the Dutch seem to finally take social distancing more seriously. After last weekend saw large groups of people going to beaches, nature reserves and on the streets, it seems that now more people are finally respecting new rules.

Besides some youth getting fined for partying and disrespecting the rules, it seems that this weekend has been much quieter, reports NOS.

Some beaches and forests closed

Because of the crowds last weekend, some municipalities have decided to deter any potential beach-goers by closing down beaches, or the roads leading to them. This is the case for the beaches in Westland, which have their entrances closed down, or the road to Wassenaarse Slag, which has also been closed.

Elsewhere, municipalities have asked potential beachgoers to simply not go, such as in Noordwijk, Zaandvort and Bloemendaal. And despite the good weather, the call seems to have worked, as few people have shown up this weekend to soak up on Vitamin D.

For natural reserves like forests, authorities have been quick to issue fines for those who did not respect the necessary social distance of 1.5 metres. For example, in the forests close to Baarn, which was infamously busy last weekend, now have limited access, and the parking areas have been disabled.

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Besides netflix, baking bread and reading all the coronavirus news there's still the option of going outside for us here in the Netherlands. Sure, you'll have to be careful, wash hands and take 2 or 12 meters distance. But when done right there's some beautiful stuff out there! ☘️ These are pics from the Moerenburg nature area at Tilburg. One of the regions of the Netherlands that is struck the hardest by #covid19 . Stay strong Tilburg! You're beautiful and this too shall pass ♥️🙌 Thanks to @b.e.n.smit for the pics! #nature #spring #socialdistancing #socialisolation #tilburg #013

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People have still tried to avoid these new rules by parking by the roadside, but rest assured that they got fined nonetheless.


Organic markets in The Hague and Ede closed down

Some market stalls in the Hague tried to get rid of their produce for cheap, thus risking to attract a lot of customers. The police intervened quickly, and some of these stalls were closed in the meantime.

A similar situation occurred in Ede, where people were forced down to close down their fruit and vegetable stalls after too many people showed up to buy.

Sellers in Gouda were luckier and allowed to keep their stalls open, as people respected the social distancing rules.

Throughout the Netherlands, empty streets

This weekend, normally busy areas bustling with activity were eerily empty. While it can be a bit disheartening to see these places empty, they also provide for some interesting new views and perspectives over places that we might be too busy to observe in our day to day lives.

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An Empty @rokinamsterdam @amsterdam. My boyfriend and I decided to take a small drive through the city on our way to our apartment because we had to get our stuff as we are temporarily moving into the bnb of my parents in law. I was very happy to see that even though we're not forced inside most of us here take the warnings seriously and stay inside. While driving over the empty Rokin I had to step out of the car and take this photo, it is a sight I had never seen before. . . #stayhome #pleasestayhome . . .. .#yumsterdam #visitAmsterdam #amsterdamworld #igersholland #super_holland #bestcitypics #hello_worldpics #awesome_earthpix #travelingourplanet #exploringtheglobe #beautifuldestinations #living_europe #amazingdestination #beautifuldestinations #living_europe #iamsterdam #discover_europe_ ttycities #topeuropephoto #discover_europe_ #agameoftones #kings_villages #shotzdelight #hello_worldpics #europestyle_ #travellingthroughtheworld #ig_europa #nowdiscovering #discover_europe_

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If you’d like to see more of a place like Amsterdam being empty, we have an article for you about that. It also has a video from 1922, in case you want to see these now empty streets full of activity again, a full century ago.

Do you have any interesting photographs of our now empty cities? Share them below in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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