Netherlands eases lockdown, but restaurants and shops to stay closed

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The Netherlands is ending its strict coronavirus lockdown after four weeks, but many restrictions will remain in place, the government announced on Friday. Shops, hairdressers, sports clubs and universities will be allowed to reopen from Saturday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in The Hague. However, restaurants, museums, theatres and cinemas will remain closed. The easing of rules comes amid pressure from businesses – and outrage in the restaurant and cultural sectors. Rutte said lifting the lockdown completely was not an option due to dramatically rising infection figures. “Everything at the…

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