Antwerp’s governor urges Dutch site visitors to continue to be away during lockdown

Xmas consumers in Antwerp in 2019. Image: Depositphotos

The governor of Antwerp has urged Dutch people not to go on working day excursions to the Belgian metropolis to escape the lockdown in the Netherlands.

‘I’m inquiring Dutch persons to grin and bear it,’ Cathy Berx explained to Belgian Tv community VRT. ‘After this they will be very considerably welcome, but now is not the time to arrive right here.’

1000’s of men and women from the Netherlands are thought to have travelled throughout the border on Sunday to go buying or have a drink in a bar on the first day of a a few-week lockdown in their possess state.

Cinemas, theatres, museums and hairdressers are amongst the other venues and corporations that are closed in the Netherlands but however open up in Belgium for any person with a valid QR code.

German authorities have also called on Dutch people not to descend en masse on cities throughout the border. Wolfgang Gebing, mayor of Oberhausen in North Rhine-Westphalia, stated the federal govt could impose journey limits if necessary. ‘But for the second Dutch folks are warmly welcome in our city.’

A spokesman for Oberhausen’s tourist board explained December was traditionally a fast paced month for readers from the Netherlands. ‘We are seeing Dutch daytrippers now as very well, but a great deal fewer than just before corona,’ he informed NOS.


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