The Dutch royal family planned a vacation in Greece.
- Oct 2020 at 18:39 TASR
AMSTERDAM. In the end, the Dutch royal family does not go on holiday in Greece after the media coverage of its holiday plans in times of pandemic has upset the public. The DPA agency informed about it on Saturday.
The family of Dutch King William Alexander said on Friday that he understood the reactions of citizens.
“If we want to defeat COVID-19, we must follow the guidelines,” the royal family said in a statement.
The planned flight was also criticized by Dutch deputies. The king should lead by example and follow the recommendations of the government, which urged people not to travel, said Joost Sneller, a Democrat 66 (D66). He added that the royal family’s holiday plans were “unreasonable and incomprehensible”.
According to the local ANP news agency, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday evening that he had been informed about the holiday of the king and his family.
The report came immediately after the Dutch government introduced stricter measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Among the restrictions is the closure of restaurants and bars for four weeks.
On Friday, the authorities announced that a record 8,000 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection had arrived in the country in 24 hours.