Dutch and Germans in shutdown, London goes dark

Dutch and Germans in shutdown, London goes dark


norman lebrecht

December 14, 2020

The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is about to shut schools and shops for a month in a lockdown tighter than in March-May 2020. Covid has been rising by up to 10,000 cases a day in a country of 17 million.

Everyone will have to stay home for Christmas.

Germany is shutting schools, kindergartens and all but essential shops. There will be a nighttime curfew from 21:00 to 05:00. The shutdown will last until January 10.

The UK Health Secretary has just spoken of a new strain of coronavirus which may be causing a spike in south and southeast England.

London is being placed under tough Tier 3 contraints.

Once again, it’s the day the music died.

UPDATE: Zurich has closed its concert hall until the end of February.


  • Brian says:

    The curfew between 21h and 5h will apply to Bavaria, as far as I am aware. Not to the entire country.

  • El says:

    When does it start?

  • la plus belle voix says:

    The new measures apply from 16 December. Throughout Germany (all States).

    • Peter San Diego says:

      What a sad way to mark Beethoven’s (approximate) birthday.

    • Mr. Knowitall says:

      Most measures, but not the curfew. Last I checked a curfew has been adopted by only three of the 17 states. Speaking of which, Bavaria has enacted a 500 euro fine for breaking curfew.

      • Brettermeier says:

        “17 states”

        A common mistake, but Mallorca isn’t actually a part of Germany.

        • Mr. Knowitall says:

          In fact Mallorca and parts of Portugal combine to form a German state in absentia. Of course, I was thinking of the Weimar Republic. Currently the number is 16 give or take a dozen.

  • Roman says:

    Is there any information if Barbican still have a performance on 17th? I suppose Tier 3 means that everything is cancelled, but there are no update on the website.

  • Santipab says:

    Incredibly unfortunate timing for the LSO’s Barbican Beethoven concerts with Zimerman and Rattle on Wednesday and Thursday. At least they have been recorded for audio and visual release.

  • John Borstlap says:

    The tragedy in Holland is that the government and its virological advisers don’t see that the rise of registered infections is mainly due to the great increase of people being tested. So, that does not mean that spreading is increasing, and this is demonstrated by the numbers of hospitalisations which has NOT gone up.

    Also there is no acknowledgment of the importance of airborne transmission, international scientific concrete information is not picked-up, although available since April. Scientists who want to inform the public and the government, are ignored and excluded from airing their evidence while this really should be part of government advice.