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The Netherlands’ COVID-19 curfew must be lifted immediately, the Dutch Court of Justice in the Hague ruled Tuesday.
During the curfew, people must stay indoors between 9:00 p.m. and 4.30 a.m. unless they have a valid reason, and those who leave their houses without the correct paperwork could be fined.
The curfew lacked proper legal weight, the court ruled. It had been introduced through an act that allows the cabinet to impose a curfew in exceptional circumstances, without first having to go through the normal legislative process.
Because Dutch authorities had previously discussed introducing a curfew, it didn’t meet the necessary urgency requirements, and was therefore not legitimate, the judge ruled.
The curfew was not an emergency situation in the same way that, for example, a dyke breach would be, the court added.
The curfew also violated people’s rights, the Rechtbank said in a statement.
The case was brought forward by a group known as the Virus Truth Foundation.
The curfew was introduced on January 23 and last week was extended until March 2. Dutch authorities were set to meet on February 23 to review the curfew and other lockdown measures.
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