The Netherlands is to scrap almost all its COVID-19 restrictions on February 25 which have been in place to curb the Coronavirus. Among the changes, bars, restaurants, clubs and theatres will be allowed to stay open until midnight and the rules on gatherings will be eased.
Employees will be encouraged to work from office, and the requirement for 1.5m physical distancing will be removed completely, NOS reports.
People would also be allowed to receive an unlimited number of guests at home again, while the ban on large-scale events could be lifted in a few weeks’ time provided everyone tests negative before attending.
Even though the Omicron variant has caused a dramatic spike in infections, hospitalizations in the Netherlands are relatively low, which the government believes is due to a high vaccination rate in the country.