Social distancing restrictions will again be tightened in the Netherlands if the crowds which gathered in celebration of an incredibly sunny Ascension Day are any indication of the upcoming summer, said Hubert Bruls, who chairs the council which oversees the country's 25 emergency services regions. "If this is the picture of summer, we'll have a summer with a lot of limitations," said Bruls, who also serves as the mayor of Nijmegen.
Beaches and other recreation areas in the Netherlands started streaming full early on a warm and sunny Ascension Day on Thursday. Various security regions had to take measures to try and disperse the crowds, including closing roads towards beaches.
Various access roads to the beaches of Bloemendaal, Heemskerk, Wijk aan Zee, IJmuiden, and Zandvoort were closed down to car traffic, Veiligheidsregio Kennemerland announced. The road to Castricum beach was also closed, according to NOS. Veiligheidsregio Zeeland closed down the boulevards in Vlissingen.
Dutch and EU citizens as well as legal residents arriving in the Netherlands from the United States will be told to spend 14 days in home isolation in order to prevent possible new cases of coronavirus infection, the Cabinet confirmed on Thursday. The new measure was decided due to the “large increase in the number of coronavirus infections in New York, but also more broadly in the United States,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte confirmed after a meeting of the Ministerial Crisis Management Committee.
Beaches, streets and public areas across the Netherlands stood largely quiet on Saturday as the public continued to adhere to the new rule that requires 1.5 meters distance to be kept between people. The quietude comes in spite of the fair weather forecasts for the weekend which similarly drew large crowds to gather a week ago even after government and health officials pleaded with them to remain home as much as possible to help quell the coronavirus pandemic.
The average selling price of an owner-occupied home in the Netherlands topped 300 thousand euros for the first time ever. Existing owner-occupied homes were most expensive in Bloemendaal at 832 thousand euros on average, and cheapest in Delfzijl at 155 thousand euros on average, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry.
If millions of euros aren't invested into upgrading railways and stations between Haarlem and Zandvoort, trains will no longer run to big events in Zandvoort like the Formula 1, NS and ProRail indicated according to a letter Haarlem alderman Robert Berkhout sent to the city council. According to a ProRail spokesperson, this is not an ultimatum, just an explanation of the actual situation, RTL Nieuws reports.
The official valuations of Dutch homes, called the WOZ value in the Netherlands, increased for the fourth consecutive year. On January 1st, the average home in the Netherlands was worth 248 thousand euros, 7.8 percent more than in 2018. That is both the highest price ever and the biggest increase in years, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.
Three cars went up in flames in Gouda during the early hours of Tuesday morning. That brings the number of car fires in the city up to 23 since May 3rd. The police suspect arson in all cases.
At around 00:25 a.m., the first car caught fire on Boelhouwerstraat in Oosterwei, near the crossing with Van Roijenstraat, AD reports. Firefighters were quickly at the scene, but the car burned out completely. The second car fire happened a short time later on Veenenburg in Bloemendaal. The third car fire on Oostmolenpad was reported at around 5:00 a.m.
This coming year the municipal housing costs will increase by an average of 3.4 percent. In 73 municipalities those costs are increasing by more than 10 percent. The waste tax in particular is increasing significantly, according to homeowners association VEH, NU.nl reports.
On average the municipal housing costs, which include waste tax and sewage tax, amount to 774 euros. Homeowners in Bloemendaal face the highest costs. Property owners there have to pay an average of 1,330 euros to their municipality, 200 euros more than last year.
A 26-year-old man from Amsterdam was seriously injured in a stabbing at a beach party in Bloemendaal on Sunday night. One suspect was arrested.
The stabbing happened at the beach entrance to the boulevard on Zeeweg around 11:30 p.m., Het Parool reports The victim was rushed to hospital in a helicopter. The police arrested a 24-year-old man from Almere.
About an hour before the stabbing, the police also responded to the beach party after a report of shots fired.
The police are investigating.
The cheapest homes in the Netherlands could be bought in Delfzijl last year, at an average price of 141,600 euros for a home. Bloemendaal was most expensive at 775.800 euros per home on average, over five times more expensive than in Delfzijl. The national average was 263 thousand euros per house, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.
There were fewer incidents in Amsterdam over New Year's 2016-2017 compared to the previous year. Amsterdam counted a total of 255 incidents involving fireworks, vandalism, arson or abuse during the previous turning of the year. That amounts to 3 incidents per 10,000 inhabitants, compared to 3.6 during the 2015-2016 New Year's celebrations, Het Parool reports based on figures LocalFocus got from the police.
Today the process of forming a new government for the Netherlands continues with a meeting between coalition scout Edith Schippers and the leaders of the VVD, D66, CDA and GroenLinks. During this meeting Schippers will explore whether a coalition between the four parties is viable. Negotiations are expected to be tough, especially between the VVD and GroenLinks.
In 2014 there were 107,700 households in the Netherlands with at least 1 million euros in assets, 5 thousand more than in 2013. That means that 1.4 percent of Dutch households are millionaires, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday.
The past years showed an increasing number and demand for million-euro homes in the Amsterdam housing market. In 2015 the capital city counted 5,050 homes costing more than a million euros, an increase of more than a thousand compared to 2014. The demand is also twice as high as the supply, according to figures from Calcasa
The woman who pressed assault charges against IOC official and former KLM CEO Camiel Eurlings, is former model and his ex-girlfriend Tessa Rolink. Eurlings abused her "intensely and for a long period"
A former photo-model pressed charges of aggravated assault against former CDA politician and ex-CEO at KLM Camiel Eurlings. According to the model, Eurlings attacked her at a party last October, leaving her with eye injuries, torn earlobes and a broken elbow, Quote reports.
A woman in Bloemendaal made a surprising discovery after coming out of the supermarket on Monday - thousands of bees had nested in her bike bag in the time she was shopping.
The 12th edition of the National Reading Day kicks off today. In schools across the Netherlands today began with the National Reading Breakfast. For this coming week elementary schools will read more to promote reading among children.