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Omicron variant in the Netherlands: Full Lockdown at Christmas and New Year’s Eve

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In the Netherlands, a decision was made to complete closure after case numbers skyrocketed due to the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The strict measures in the country, which began today, will continue until January 14.

The Prime Minister of the interim government of the country, Mark Rutte, at a press conference, announced the october measures taken to stop the spread of the Omicron variant.

Noting the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, Rutte stressed that to prevent the further spread of the virus, it is necessary to intervene, therefore, complete shutdown is important.

According to the measures described, which provided the basic needs of market, butcher, greengrocer, bakery, pharmacy, gas station, library, except places like shops and stores, beauty centers, barber, hairdresser, massage salons, tattoo artists, cinema, museums, theaters, amusement parks and zoos will be closed.

Dec December 20 to January 9, 2022, schools at all levels will remain closed. A re-evaluation will be held on January 3 for the aftermath.

No events will be allowed to take place until the full shutdown is over.

Places where daily needs are provided will be able to stay open from 05.00 to 20.00. jul. Professional football competitions will continue to be played without spectators, while all sports activities held indoors will be stopped.

A maximum of 2 guests will be accepted in the houses from dec age of 13, and a maximum of 2 people will be able to coexist outside. A maximum of 4 guests will be allowed in and out of households on December 24, 25 and 26, when Christmas celebrations are held, and on New Year’s Eve.

Restaurants and shops that have been closed will be able to serve takeaways.

The recommendation to work from home, the practice of social distancing, public transport and the mask requirement in closed areas will continue.

Kenta started his early career as a game developer, after working four years for an Dutch company, he stepped into web research and news technologies and became a web enthusiast, which made him start Amsterdamfox.com. Kenta loves animals and usually takes part in activities related to animal rights and welfare.

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Majority of the Netherlands support LGBT people

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According to a study conducted in the Netherlands, support for LGBT individuals was calculated as 76 percent. While 20 percent of the society is undecided on this issue, only 4 percent have negative feelings towards LGBT individuals.

 
The research was conducted by SCP, the government’s socio-cultural think thank. Gay, lesbian and bisexuals came to the fore among the LGBT individuals accepted by the society.
 
On the other hand, support for transgender people is lower at 60 percent. The proportion of people who have negative feelings towards transgender people was also higher at 9 percent. For this group, the rate of undecided is also higher.
 
SCP noted that over the past 15 years, attitudes towards homosexuality and bisexuality in the Netherlands have progressed much more positively than in other European countries. Only in Iceland is society more positive towards LGBT people than in the Netherlands.
 
Despite the general support, 19 percent of respondents said they found it ‘disgusting’ for two men to have sex. Those who found the intercourse of two women ‘disgusting’ were calculated as 7 percent. Also, 20 percent said they showed less reaction when they saw two women holding hands than when they saw two men holding hands.

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Face mask mandatory in public transport in Belgium ended

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Mask mandatory in public transport in Belgium ended

The mask requirement applied in Belgium due to the Covid-19 epidemic has also ended in public transportation. Only hospitals, doctor’s offices and pharmacies will require masks.

Due to the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic in Belgium, the obligation to wear a mask, which has been applied in public transport for more than two years, has been lifted.

At the end of the meeting of the Belgian government on Covid-19 measures, a statement was made to the press.

According to the decisions taken by the government as of Monday, May 23, passengers will not be required to wear masks in public transport.

MASK REQUIREMENTS WILL CONTINUE IN HOSPITALS, PRAYERS AND PHARMACIES

Only hospitals, doctor’s offices and pharmacies will require masks. It will be recommended to wear a mask in places such as very crowded places and sick and elderly care homes.

The measures, which were previously applied and some of them were relaxed, were also lifted during travels to Belgium. Thus, the restriction applied to “non-essential” travel to Belgium from non-EU countries has ended.

Those coming from outside the EU are no longer required to show a valid Covid-19 certificate recognized by Belgium. The Covid-19 certificate shows that you were vaccinated, had the disease within 6 months, or had a negative PCR test in the last 72 hours.

Passengers will also no longer be required to fill out a tracking form for Covid-19 upon arrival in Belgium.

In Belgium, the positive trend in the data on the epidemic in recent months continues. In the country where the cases continue to fall, the number of daily cases is currently 3 thousand 500, the number of daily deaths is around 10.

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Netherlands: minimum wage is rising

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In the Netherlands, the cabinet is considering a minimum wage increase next year. The information came in collaboration with RTL Nieuws and NOS. 

According to previous statements, this increase would be in 2024, but the date has been moved forward. With the increase, the minimum wage for those aged 21 or over will be 1,725 ​​euros. The cabinet wants to increase by 7.5 percent in 2024 and 2025. This year’s increase will be at the same rate. 

With the first increase in the minimum wage, there will be an increase in the pension. It is unclear whether there will be an increase in this area in the other two planned years. The decision will likely be finalized at the Council of Ministers on Friday.

Previously, the cabinet did not want to increase the pension along with the minimum wage. However, this drew intense criticism from the opposition. 

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