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Netherlands eases restrictions as vaccination yields results

The Hague, May 17 (EFE).- The Dutch government announced Monday it will continue the easing of coronavirus restrictions as planned, amid shrinking daily infection rates “thanks to vaccinations.”

The government will allow the reopening of leisure centres such as theme parks, zoos, gyms, and swimming pools, as well as brothels.

The Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said the drop in the country’s infection rate allows the government to continue lifting restrictions, instead of having to hit the “pause button.”

Theme parks and zoos will reopen under a specific set of rules limiting capacity to one person for every 10 square meters, while indoor spaces will have to remain shut.

Gyms and indoor swimming pools will reopen with a 30-person limit, although access to lockers and showers will stay forbidden, with the exception of swimming pools.

The easing of restrictions was scheduled for May 12, but the Dutch government postponed its plans for a week because hospitals continued to be under huge stress and the infection rate remained high.

The next step of reopening could be implemented in three weeks, according to De Jonge, allowing more people to visit homes (currently limited to two guests) and easing pressure on restaurants and museums. EFE

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