Dutch announce COVID lockdown easing amid record infections
- Dutch end lockdown in place since mid-December
- New cases are at record levels, but hospitalizations steady
- Stores will open but bars and restaurants remain shut
AMSTERDAM, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday announced the reopening of stores, hairdressers and gyms, partially lifting a lockdown despite record numbers of new COVIC-19 cases.
"We are taking a big step and that also means we're taking a big risk," Rutte told a televised press conference.
Non-essential stores, hairdressers, beauty salons and other service providers will be allowed to reopen under strict conditions until 5 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) for the first time since mid-December.
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Rutte added that the uncertainties meant that bars, restaurants and …
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