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Netherlands: The Hague streets empty out as country introduces 1st curfew since WWII03:57

Netherlands: The Hague streets empty out as country introduces 1st curfew since WWII

Netherlands, The Hague
January 24, 2021 at 01:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

A national curfew came into effect in the Netherlands on Saturday, as seen in The Hague, in a bid to curb the rising number of COVID-19 infections, a high percentage of which linked to the B117 mutation of the virus.

Locals were seen queuing at a supermarket in The Hague before the curfew began. Streets emptied out after 21:00 (20:00 GMT), as the curfew kicked off. Several food delivery workers were seen waiting for orders outside restaurants.

The Hague residents shared mixed opinions about the measure.

“I don't think it makes that much sense because now people are meeting earlier or they even stay over at someone's place. And I think it's too strict to take away your freedom”, said Daphne Broug.

“I believe that if it helps to decline the cases of coronavirus then it should be a good thing and everybody should be eager to help and support it”, said Anna Demasure.

The curfew - the first of its kind to be imposed across the country since World War II - is expected to remain in place until at least February 10. The restrictions are enforced between 21:00 and 04:30 local time (20:00 GMT and 03:30 GMT). Violators risk a fine of 95 euros ($115).

Netherlands: The Hague streets empty out as country introduces 1st curfew since WWII03:57
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A national curfew came into effect in the Netherlands on Saturday, as seen in The Hague, in a bid to curb the rising number of COVID-19 infections, a high percentage of which linked to the B117 mutation of the virus.

Locals were seen queuing at a supermarket in The Hague before the curfew began. Streets emptied out after 21:00 (20:00 GMT), as the curfew kicked off. Several food delivery workers were seen waiting for orders outside restaurants.

The Hague residents shared mixed opinions about the measure.

“I don't think it makes that much sense because now people are meeting earlier or they even stay over at someone's place. And I think it's too strict to take away your freedom”, said Daphne Broug.

“I believe that if it helps to decline the cases of coronavirus then it should be a good thing and everybody should be eager to help and support it”, said Anna Demasure.

The curfew - the first of its kind to be imposed across the country since World War II - is expected to remain in place until at least February 10. The restrictions are enforced between 21:00 and 04:30 local time (20:00 GMT and 03:30 GMT). Violators risk a fine of 95 euros ($115).