Cabinet reluctant to curfew because of World War II


With a curfew, no one is allowed on the street after a certain time, except people for a necessary reason. One option is to introduce a curfew after 11 PM or after midnight.


According to those involved, the cabinet is now keeping the measure on hand, as a possible next step if the current measures prove insufficient. The memory of the Second World War plays an important role in that decision. A far-reaching, freedom-restricting measure with an association with the Second World War is very sensitive, it can be heard.

In the Second World War, the German Nazi occupier introduced the ‘curfew’. No one was allowed on the street from midnight to early morning. In Amsterdam, the curfew started at 8 p.m. Only people who had to work were granted an exemption.

Reproduction number

The experts at the OMT think that a curfew can further reduce the so-called ‘reproduction number’. The ‘R-number’ shows how quickly the virus spreads and indicates how many people on average are infected by one corona patient. At the moment the number in the Netherlands is 1.27. With a number below 1, the number of infections decreases.

The cabinet’s current package of measures would reduce the reproduction number to an estimated 0.9. A curfew could drop the reproduction number by another 0.15, the experts expect.

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