Netherlands to enter lockdown as nations across Europe tighten curbs to slow Omicron spread
Dutch lockdown puts limits on Christmas celebrations, while France and other countries toughen restrictions as Covid cases climb
Nations across Europe moved to reimpose tougher measures to stem a new wave of Covid infections spurred by the highly transmissible Omicron variant, with the Netherlands leading the way by imposing a nationwide lockdown.
All non-essential stores, bars and restaurants in the Netherlands will be closed until 14 January starting Sunday, caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte said at a hastily arranged press conference Saturday night. Schools and universities will shut until 9 January, he said.
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