There will be no Formula 1 race in Zandvoort this year. The organizers determined that it is impossible to hold a race with fans present this year, and decided against a Grand Prix with empty stands. The inaugural race at the Zandvoort circuit will therefore happen in the 2021 season, Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix announced.
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.
Overcrowded trains prompted national railway NS to urge passengers not to travel on Saturday to Zandvoort, a popular seaside resort west of Amsterdam. "Don't do it, don't take the train if not necessary. You are risking a new lockdown," NS boss Roger van Boxtel warned on Twitter.
"It is very busy on the trains toward Zandvoort. We urge you not to take the train to the beach anymore. Together we must avoid major crowds, the trains are still not for outings," cautioned the NS in a statement around noon.
The Grand Prix in the Netherlands and the one in Belgium were both scrapped from the new Formula 1 calendar, German newspaper Bild reports based on anonymous sources. Both the Netherlands and Belgium banned all major events until at least September 1st.
On Monday, the Formula 1 organizers announced that they want to start the new season in Austria in July, go to Asia in September, and then to America. According to the German newspaper, there will be two races in Austria.
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.
After months of gloomy weather and winter storms, the Netherlands finally started a weekend bathed in sunshine. The timing could not have been worse: The country is no exception to the coronavirus pandemic, with politicians and health officials repeatedly telling everyone to stay home as much as possible and maintain social distance while out on the street.
The suspect held in connection with a body found in the water near Breukelen was remanded into custody late on Thursday. The 30-year-old man from Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, reportedly named Nick B., was ordered to remain behind bars for 14 days while the investigation into the case continues, a spokesperson for the Midden-Nederland courthouse said.
The much anticipated Dutch Grand Prix, a race scheduled for May on the 2020 Formula 1 calendar, was postponed on Thursday along with the season's other races that month in Spain and Monaco. The decision was made as the number of coronavirus cases in the Netherlands continued to rise, and stricter government regulations domestically were followed by even more severe travel restrictions to the Schengen Area as a whole.
Renovations to the Zandvoort Circuit for the Dutch Grand Prix can continue as planned, the court in Haarlem ruled on Tuesday in the first of two lawsuits filed by environmental organizations in an attempt to stop the planned work, RTL Nieuws reports.
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.
Work on the Zandvoort racing circuit for the Dutch Grand Prix has sustained some "not yet worrying" delays, due to a combination of factors including nitrogen emissions, Jan Lammers, sporting director of the Dutch Grand Prix said to NU.nl.
Multiple environmental organizations are going to court to challenge a construction permit the province of Noord-Holland issued for the Formula 1 in Zandvoort. They want to prevent the dune area around the coastal town being affected by the work for the Grand Prix, a spokesperson for Mobilization for the Environment, one of the organizations involved in the lawsuit, confirmed to NU.nl.
The Dutch Grand Prix will happen in Zandvoort on May 3rd next year, according to the Formula 1 calendar for 2020 that was published on Thursday.
The calendar still needs to be approved at a meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council on October 4th, but that is normally just a formality, according to NU.nl. There will be a total of 22 Grand Prix races next year, including in Vietnam for the first time ever and the return to Zandvoort.
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NS is running fewer intercity trains on Friday due to the heat. Prolonged exposure to the high temperatures means that trains need to be serviced more often, and that the maintenance takes longer to perform, a spokesperson for the Dutch rail company said to AD.
Formula 1 is returning to the Netherlands with the first Grand Prix since 1985 happening at the Zandvoort circuit in May 2020. Sponsor Heineken and Formula 1 owner Formula One Management made the official announcement on Tuesday, NPO Radio 1 reports.
Circuit Zandvoort has been in talks with the Formula One Management for months about bringing the Grand Prix to the Netherlands. The two parties agreed on a three-year contract.
This week it will be announced whether the Zandvoort circuit will be allowed to organize a Grand Prix again for the first time since 1985 next May. To prevent the roads to the town completely overflowing, the circuit already announced that it wants Formula 1 fans to use public transport as much as possible. NS is keen to cooperate and already mapped a Formula 1 timetable.
The Zandvoort circuit reached a five-year agreement with the Formula One Group that will bring the Grand Prix back to the Netherlands as early as next year, magazine Motorsportweek reports based on sources. Jan Lammers, the intended sporting director of the Dutch Grand Prix, calls the news premature.
The municipal council of Zandvoort unanimously voted in favor of investing 4 million euros into returning Formula 1 to the Netherlands. Almost everyone in the council agreed that the return of the motorsport will have a positive effect on the local economy, NU.nl reports.
Hand grenades were found in The Hague and Zandvoort on Monday. The explosive in The Hague was discovered early in the morning, the one in Zandvoort in the afternoon.
The grenade in Zandvoort was found near a school on Doctor C.A. Gerkestraat, according to NH Nieuws. The police told children in the schoolyard to go inside while explosive experts investigated. The explosive was safely removed.
A 14-year-old boy's hand got injured when his Zandvoort home was shot at. He was asleep in bed at the time. The police are looking for witnesses, Het Parool reports.
It is not clear whether the boy was hit by a bullet, or hurt by something else like shattering glass.
The shooting happened at a home on Dr. C.A. Gerkestraat at around 3:00 a.m. on Monday morning.
A virtual reality installation at Amsterdam Central Station is intended to lure tourists to attractions outside the Dutch capital and thereby spread tourism throughout the country. The Netherlands is more than just Amsterdam, is the message, Het Parool reports.
Heineken is interested in sponsoring a Dutch Formula 1 Grand Prix, but only if a proper financial feasibility is done and a good financial plan is in place, Hans Erik Tuijt, responsible for Heineken's Formula 1 sponsorship, said to BNR. "It must be financially feasible. People must want it", Tuijt said.
A 14-year-old boy who was taking his parents car on a joyride, crashed into a kebab shop in Zandvoort on Thursday night. One man, who was inside the shop at the time, was injured. The shop sustained massive amounts of damage, NOS reports.
The boy and an underage passenger were on a joy ride in they boy's parents' car when a police car started following him. At a fork in the road the boy seemed to lose control of the car, drove straight across the sidewalk and crashed into the shop.
The boy was arrested and taken to the police station. Both he and his passenger were unhurt.