Coffeeshops must now shut smoking lounges at 5:00pm in accordance with new COVID-19 laws. This comes less than two weeks after they were forced to restrict lounge hours from 12 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fortunately, coffeeshops will stay open into the late evening hours to provide to-go alternatives. Several coffeeshops continue to provide take-out till 01:00.
These measures took effect at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday 28 November and will remain in effect until at least Sunday 19 December. On Tuesday, 14 December, the Dutch government will evaluate the situation. Essential businesses, such as grocers, may remain open until 8 p.m.