Earlier in the year, the Dutch went for what they dubbed an ‘intelligent lockdown’.
Only businesses that absolutely required touching, such as hairdressers, beauticians and others were forced to cease trading.
Schools, nurseries and universities were also closed for several months.
Bars and takeaways were allowed to stay open for off-premises consumption only.
The Dutch also appeared to be broadly happy with the rules – compliance with the ‘intelligent lockdown’ was recorded in one survey at around 99 percent.
The Dutch Government pursued the idea of herd immunity as a byproduct of a successful lockdown, and so far it seems to have worked.
Speaking at the beginning of the lockdown, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said: “We can delay the spread of the virus and at the same time build up population immunity in a controlled manner.”
“The bigger the group that acquires immunity, the smaller the chance that the virus can make the leap to vulnerable older people or people with underlying health issues”
Can I travel to the Netherlands?
Since July 4, the Netherlands has been exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.
From July 10, passengers travelling to the Netherlands from the UK are no longer advised by the Dutch government to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
If you’re travelling to or from the Netherlands you must complete a health screening form and have it ready to show on request during your journey, whether you are at the departure airport, on the aircraft or at the arrival airport.
British nationals make more than two million visits to the Netherlands every year, half of whom are visiting Amsterdam.