The Netherlands’ nightlife industry continues to be hit by the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Dutch government is imposing new restrictions, leading venues to close much earlier than their normal late-night hours.
On Saturday, November 13, the government enforced new rules in response to a heavy increase in COVID-19 cases in the country. As a result, nightclubs and music venues are being required to close by 9 PM for three weeks.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte confirms restrictions will be heavily enforced until Saturday, December 4. However, according to DJMag, it is likely that Dutch clubs will be closing their doors early for longer than that.
In addition to early venue closures, bars, restaurants, and shops will also be affected by the new restrictions. These establishments will be required to close between 6 PM and 7 PM.
Sports events will not be held unless they are free from spectators in the stands. Not only that but residents are being encouraged to work from home as much as possible. However, schools, theatres, and cinemas will remain open.
These new guidelines are yet another blow to the Netherlands nightlife industry. In the last year, the night sector has faced several setbacks, preventing a proper and permanent reopening.
In July, the Dutch government ordered a complete shutdown of clubs and music venues just weeks after their reopening. As a result, thousands of people, including festival and event organizers, attended an Unmute Us! protest to fight against the heavy restrictions across six cities.