The Netherlands has followed in the footsteps of Denmark and put all its cinemas back on lockdown as part of new measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The Dutch government announced new measures, effective Sunday morning, aimed at preventing the expected increase in COVID-19 cases due to the new omicron variant of the virus spreading across the country. .
The lockdown, which began at 5 a.m. local time on Sunday and is scheduled to last until January 14, applies to all cultural institutions, as well as schools, universities and shops. essential aviation. The Netherlands has been under a COVID curfew, with cinemas and other institutions asked to close between 5pm and 5am
In light of the Dutch decision, the Danish government, citing a spike in COVID cases, closed all its cinemas until January 17. Ireland, while keeping cinemas open movies, has tightened restrictions, requiring cinemas to close by 8 p.m.
Cinemas in the rest of Europe, including the largest territories in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, remain open. But with COVID cases rising across the continent, many countries fear that many will soon introduce lockdowns and restrictions. Last fall, a new wave of COVID-19 infections, fueled by the delta variant, prompted governments across Europe to close cinemas.