İrem UZUN -TDO- The Netherlands will return to a "partial lockdown" on Wednesday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, closing bars and restaurants as it battles to control the coronavirus in one of Europe's major hotspots. "Today we are announcing new and sturdy measures and in fact we are going to a partial lockdown," Rutte said in a televised news conference. “The number of social contacts and movements we make has to be cut drastically. It is the only way. We have to be tough on ourselves and on our behavior,” he added.
"We want to settle the mouth masks discussion once and for all," Rutte said. "A non-medical mouth mask will be mandatory for everyone over the age of thirteen who is in an indoor public space, as soon as it is legally feasible," he stated. For now, face masks are "urgently advised" while the government scrambles to make them legally mandatory. Partial lockdown includes the shut down of all dine-in cafes and restaurants, including terraces and coffeeshops. Those locations will only be allowed to serve their take away clients. Hotels will be allowed to serve food and beverages to their own guests. No stores will be allowed to sell alcohol after 8 p.m., and people will not be allowed to carry alcohol or drink it in public after that time either.
The government will not make any changes regarding education for the time being, but it will strictly enforce a maximum of groups of four people who do not belong to the same household, regardless of meetings held indoors or outdoors. Within a home, no more than three guests are allowed, and no more than one grouping of guests per day. With the exception of church services and Parliamentary hearings, maximum capacity will be limited to thirty people. Close contact sports competitions will be cancelled and audiences will still be prohibited from attending amateur or professional athletic events.