Selin ATAY-TDO- The court in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled that the curfew restriction imposed as part of the fight against the outbreak of the novel type of coronavirus (Covid-19) should be lifted immediately, as it was put into effect without consideration of Parliament's opinion as well as restricted freedoms.
According to Dutch news sources, the case was filed by a community called "Corona Facts" (Viruswaarheid). The court said the situation caused by the Covid-19 outbreak did not constitute a "state of emergency", however, the government based the curfew restriction on "state of emergency" laws, which do not require the approval of Parliament .
The court in The Hague ruled that the curfew restriction should be lifted on the grounds that it has no legal basis and ruled that the restriction should be applied with the approval of Parliament on the grounds that it restricts freedoms.
Ferdinand Grapperhaus, Minister of Justice and Security, did not want to comment on the matter until details of the verdict were revealed. The opposition, on the other hand, reacted positively to the court's decision. "Good news! Curfew's over! As I said, the restriction was disproportionate. Now is the time to meet with Prime Minister Rutte in Parliament." Geert Wilders, leader of the nationalist, right-wing populist party (PVV), also said of the decision.
The Dutch government imposed a nationwide curfew on January 23, after which it decided to extend the curfew until March 3.