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Dutch border-hoppers ignore Belgium and Germany’s ‘stay away’ plea

Restaurants have had a rush of visitors since lockdown was imposed in the Netherlands on Sunday

People hopping over the border to Belgium and Germany to avoid the Dutch lockdown are filling the neighbouring countries’ restaurants and shops despite calls for them to “stay away”.

Since Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, announced the closure of hospitality and non-essential shops from Sunday, border regions have experienced a rush of visitors.

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