Post-summer COVID news: The Netherlands announces new measures to slow spread of COVID-19

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The Dutch government announced on 28 September a raft of new measures intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The measures include limiting travel, closing bars and restaurants early and discouraging public gatherings, Reuters reports.

The measures, which also include wider use of cloth masks for the public in Amsterdam and other big cities, came amid a second wave of COVID-19 cases which surpassed April’s peak in new infections.

No relaxing of measures

Contrary to expectations, the Netherlands will not be relaxing its national measures against the coronavirus as of 1 September, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told a press conference on 1 September.

This means that due to the increase in new COVID-19 cases across the country (3,597 new cases in the last week of August), night clubs and bars will remain closed, while the strict rules for collective gatherings will also remain in force.

Meanwhile, travellers returning from orange-labelled countries will be required to stay at home for a 10 days, though while children of up to 4 years of age will be allowed to attend childcare facilities and take part in sports activities, those aged 4-12 will be allowed to go back to school.

[Edited by Natasha Foote, Alexandra Brzozowski, Gerardo Fortuna, Vlagyiszlav Makszimov, Daniel Eck]

→ Read more on the measures taken before summer break here:

The Netherlands finalises list of safe and unsafe countries for travel

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