The Netherlands will enter a strict lockdown starting at 5 a.m. on Sunday, sources told NOS, RTL Nieuws and ANP. The lockdown will be announced during a press conference on Saturday night, and it will last at least until January 14. There will not likely be a curfew, like at the beginning of this year.
The OMT had suggested an almost complete lockdown affecting all sectors except for essential stores, such as supermarkets and pharmacies. The closure will affect all hospitality businesses, non-essential shops, museums, amusement parks, cinemas, theaters, gyms, and close contact professions with no medical purpose, RTL Nieuws reported.
The winter lockdown means that only essential shops and services (such as supermarkets and physiotherapists) will be open in the coming period. Collection remains possible at cafeterias and restaurants. A curfew would not be in the planning this time, it also takes a lot of time to reintroduce.
The number of visitors at home remains the same, at four per day. A self-test is recommended. Schools and childcare facilities will probably remain open for children of parents in crucial professions. Professional sport without an audience could also continue.
Furthermore, the lock is on, just like December last year. Hairdressers, catering, museums, sports, theaters and education must close, the number of contacts must be reduced significantly to dampen the expected omikron wave.