Netherlands raises pandemic risk level, reimposes mask rules

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The Netherlands is tightening its Covid-19 prevention measures in light of the country’s rapidly rising number of infections and hospitalizations. A mask requirement will be reintroduced for public places such as shops, hairdressers, libraries, government buildings, train stations and hospitals, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Tuesday evening. People have also been told to stay 1.5 metres away from others where possible. Just over a month ago, the country lifted many measures and abolished the 1.5 meter rule. The number of infections has climbed since. Rutte appealed to citizens to abide by …

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