Wednesday 25 March: REGIONAL NEWS UPDATES IN ENGLISH (source: Regional broadcaster Omroep West)
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Mayors and police in the region have been intervening to enforce the new safety regulations. They have expressed frustration at lax attitudes, particularly on the part of young people.
Here is a summary of the local news headlines for Wednesday 25 March:
- Mayors and police in the region have been intervening to enforce the new safety regulations, although they have not yet handed out any fines. They have expressed frustration at lax attitudes, particularly on the part of young people.
- Final exams on the national level have been cancelled in Dutch high schools. The pupils will instead be assessed on the results of their regular school exams taken throughout the year.
- Supermarkets are allowing only one customer per 10 square metres and have made the use of shopping trolleys obligatory.
- The Special Olympics, for people with a mental disability, have been cancelled amid much disappointment. Yet another victim of the Coronavirus, this event was due to take place in The Hague in June.
- Hundreds of frozen meals were delivered to vulnerable elderly people in The Hague, as part of an initiative by local restaurant manager Ben Lachchab. His plan is to provide meals for a thousand people for 15 weeks, using food from company restaurants that are now closed.
- Local parties in The Hague are calling for the hospital closures to be reversed. Groep de Mos and Hart voor Den Haag have started an online petition urging the government to re-open closed hospitals and halt the imminent closure of others, including Bronovo in the Hague.
- The rector of Leiden University, Carel Stolker has said the University will do everything in its power to help students continue to study and to graduate. In a video message, he urged students to look after their mental health by keeping structure in their days, including time for relaxation.
- The crime rate has fallen, as have the number of road accidents. Incidents of public nuisance and unrest however, have risen sharply.
- Residents of The Hague are no longer permitted to rent out space through websites such as Airbnb or Booking.com. This ban will be in effect at least until the end of 2020, as new laws on renting holiday accommodation are being put in place.
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