Due to the British corona variant, the Netherlands will probably have to deal with a third wave. Some measures in the fight against the pandemic are based on the assumption that limiting mobility can reduce the number of new infections. Today the House of Representatives gave the green light to the cabinet to impose the curfew from Saturday 21.00 p.m. The OMT has looked at eight alternative measures and has come to the conclusion that the effect of those measures is smaller than that of the curfew. According to Jaap van Dissel, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Control of the RIVM, it is wise to introduce additional measures such as a curfew now.
Germany extended the lockdown until Monday, February 15, and also tightened the measures with, among other things, a stricter obligation to mask the mouth. There will be no curfew or other curfew. In North Rhine-Westphalia it only applies in severely affected areas. Also in Baden-Württemberg and Thuringia there is a curfew from 22.00 p.m. to 05.00 a.m. A further introduction has not been discussed, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after consulting with the leaders of the federal states. They did decide to keep the country locked for longer than January 31 for fear of new corona variants. It is also the intention that more employees will work from home to prevent infections at the workplace and in public transport.
France, on the other hand, has had a curfew for some time. The French government tightened the curfew despite the stable number of cases. The streets there should be empty at the stroke of 18.00 p.m. In France, the situation is currently such that restaurants and cafes are still closed, since October. The shops are open. There is a curfew across the country from 18.00:06.00 pm to XNUMX:XNUMX am the following morning.
A curfew has been in force in Belgium since 19 October. In Brussels and Wallonia, it starts at 22.00 p.m. and lasts until 6.00 a.m. Since its introduction, the number of infections has fallen sharply, but the question is to what extent the curfew has contributed to this. In Flanders, people are not allowed to go outside without a valid reason between midnight and 00.00 am.