Recently, the fear of the Omicron virus has increased sharply. The virus spreads very quickly. In Amsterdam, it has strongly expelled the delta virus from 5% of the infections to 35% within three weeks. Experiences in other countries show that this displacement is rapidly increasing to close to 100%. Even if the symptoms of this virus are less severe (which is not yet certain), many people will still end up in hospital. To prevent contamination, the Dutch government announced a stricter lockdown on December 18. Catering and non-essential shops must remain closed until January 14. Supermarkets, pharmacies, drugstores, food and clothing banks and gas stations may remain open until 8 p.m. For a complete overview, see:
Schools are closed until January 9. This applies to primary schools, secondary schools and higher and university education. However, emergency care must be available for vulnerable children and children of parents with crucial professions. People should work from home as much as possible, unless that is not possible.
All indoor sports locations are closed. All outdoor sports are allowed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Top sport and swimming lessons for A, B and C diplomas are allowed. Events are not allowed.
Hopefully, the Omicron virus will be contained with these measures. If not, the lockdown will last even longer.