Europe takes Omicron seriously as lockdown introduced in Netherlands

Netherlands have introduced a lockdown on non-essential businesses and restrictions on gathering for three weeks, British public broadcaster BBC reports.
«To sum it up in one sentence, the Netherlands will go back into lockdown from tomorrow,» Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a news conference on Saturday, December 18.
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Events in the EU country are not permitted other than funerals, whereas weekly markets selling groceries and professional sports matches with no spectators. Restaurants can continue to sell takeaway meals, and non-essential shops can offer click-and-collect services, while non-essential shops, bars, gyms, hairdressers and other public venues are closed until at least 14 January.
As to schools, they are now closed until at least January 9.
Also in the Netherlands, there are strict limits on the number of people, who can meet. A maximum of two guests, aged 13 and over, are allowed in people’s homes. The restriction will be eased to four people between 24 and 26 December, and on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, BBC reports.