Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Eindhoven and a number of other municipalities warned Saturday about crowds in the center, after it had become too busy in several shopping areas in the country the day before. Many stores are offering extra discounts this week because of Black Friday, bringing more shoppers than usual.
The shops in the center of Rotterdam may no longer admit new visitors after 5 p.m. and must be closed an hour later. That is two hours earlier than usual. The measure follows after Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb had the shops close early on Friday during the weekly shopping evening.
Rotterdam hopes with this measure to prevent it from becoming so busy again in the city center, because it was very busy, especially in the evening on Friday. “Stay at home as much as possible and avoid crowded places,” says the municipality. “Local shopping can also be done online.”
Amsterdam also warns of the crowds that are expected on Saturday. The municipality called on people on Friday to stop shopping in the city center. This call is not being repeated now, but people are being asked to do their party shopping locally at entrepreneurs in their area.
The Hague is calling on people to postpone their visit to the city center because of the crowds. The Eindhoven mayor John Jorritsma asks people not to come to the center. Those who do have to go to the city center are urged to go alone. Against it Eindhovens Dagblad he says that people have to watch out for themselves and each other because of the corona virus.
A number of other municipalities also call on people to shop sensibly. For example, the municipality of Uden points to the corona measures of the national government, in which people are advised to shop in a targeted manner and on their own.