Stay home this weekend, Dutch prime minister urges

Photo: N. van der Pas
Delft market. Photo: N van der Pas

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has urged people to stay home this weekend, in contrast to last weekend when crowded beaches and parks caused outrage.

Now the rules have been clarified, everyone should stay home apart from to do essential shopping or get some fresh air, Rutte said.

‘After all, if you live in a little flat with children and without a garden or balcony you will get fed up,’ the prime minister said. ‘They should be able to go out for a bit.’

Under the new rules, everyone must keep 1.5 metres from others, and police have the power to fine groups of three or more people who break the rules up to €400 each. Families with children do not have to comply with the 1.5 metre rule.

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