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Netherlands Reopens Restaurants and Bars Despite Record Virus Cases

Patrons drink in a cafe in Groningen, northern Netherlands, on Jan. 15. Several bar and restaurant owners opened their doors in protest against the Covid-19 restrictions. 

Patrons drink in a cafe in Groningen, northern Netherlands, on Jan. 15. Several bar and restaurant owners opened their doors in protest against the Covid-19 restrictions. 

Photographer: Remko de Waal/AFP/Getty Images

The Dutch government reopened restaurants and bars in its latest step to ease the strict lockdown measures it introduced last month even as infections continue hitting record high levels. 

Cultural venues, bars and restaurants are set to reopen from Wednesday, with a closing time of 10 p.m, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Ernst Kuipers announced at press conference on Tuesday in the Hague.