The border between the Netherlands and Germany is not yet closing, but the German government wants to tighten up quarantine measures and border control. Germans who want to spend a weekend in the Netherlands during the Easter holidays are better off avoiding this. Anyone who has been abroad for several days from 10 April must be quarantined for XNUMX days on their return to Germany.
That was decided in Berlin after corona consultations between the cabinet, advisers and virologists. The government of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia had previously expressed concerns about plans to close the border with the Netherlands almost completely.
This measure is not intended for frontier workers. Refueling across the border is therefore no longer permitted and if detected during a border control, this means problems for the driver who can go home immediately.
The German Robert Koch Institute (RKI), comparable to the Dutch RIVM, has designated our country as an international risk area for the further spread of the corona virus.
Austria was the first to relax the measures
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had a somewhat hopeful message for his countrymen today. For example, he has published a timetable with relaxed measures. Austria is the first country in Europe to announce a relaxation of corona measures. After Easter, small shops may reopen their doors. If everything continues to go well, the larger stores and shopping centers can also reopen on 1 May.
In Belgium, on the other hand, 185 new deaths from the coronavirus have been reported in the past day. The measures will all remain in force for the time being.