13 January 2022, by Victoria Séveno

Sources from The Hague have revealed that the Dutch government plans to reopen non-essential shops, gyms and higher education on Saturday, but that the hospitality industry will remain closed for the time being. 

Dutch government to relax some lockdown rules

As cabinet ministers meet on Thursday to discuss the current coronavirus lockdown and the imminent press conference, sources have told the Dutch media that some restrictions will be relaxed this weekend, but that various measures will remain in place in order to curb the Omicron wave and limit pressure on the Dutch healthcare system

Non-essential shops will reopen from Saturday, but they will only be open for shopping by appointment. Gyms, hairdressers and other contact professions will also reopen. Finally, universities and vocational education will resume physical classes from next week. 

However, despite calls from many to lift the lockdown, rumours suggest restaurants, bars, and cafes will remain closed, as will the cultural industry (i.e. museums, cinemas and theatres). 

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