Relaxing a month early: fewer restrictions expected in the Netherlands from June 26

The Dutch government wants to relax another set of coronavirus measures one month earlier than originally planned — a (semi)normal summer might really be in sight!

Step four in the government’s plan to reopening Dutch society was initially scheduled for July 21. Then, it was moved ahead to June 30.

Now, with the number of infections and hospital admissions steadily falling, we may see another set of measures gone as early as next week, insider sources from The Hague report to the NOS.

What changes

From Saturday June 26, sports competitions may begin once again and cultural institutions such as museums, theatres, and cinemas can welcome more visitors.

Cafés and restaurants can extend their opening times until midnight and serve up to 100 customers at a time. In addition, the maximum number of people recommended at home will increase to eight. Hoera!

Basic rules such as keeping a 1.5 m distance and wearing a face mask in public spaces will stay in place. However, the Dutch parliament is already discussing what the future of mask requirements should look like.

The final decision regarding further relaxations will be taken by the Council of Ministers and announced at a possible press conference on Friday.

What do you think of this next set of relaxations? Will we be able to experience an almost normal Dutch summer? Tell us in the comments below!

Feature Image: rognar/Depositphotos

Christine Stein Hededam 🇩🇰
A Dane with a special place in her heart for Minnesota, Christine is now falling in love with everything Dutch. Between finishing her bachelor’s degree, learning Dutch, and doing yoga teacher training, you will find her wandering about the Hague. Always up for visiting new places, she loves to explore the Netherlands with friends and takes pride in scoping out cute cafés (wherein to discuss books, big plans, and food).

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