The Dutch government has announced that it will lift all COVID-19-related restrictions starting Feb. 25, despite several thousand confirmed daily cases of the coronavirus, predominantly the less severe Omicron variant.
"The country will reopen," Health Minister Ernst Kuipers said in a briefing.
All public places, including movie theaters, restaurants and bars, will be able to resume normal operations at full capacity for the first time in nearly two years.
Masks and social distancing will no longer be mandatory in most places, but will still be required in public transportation and at airports.
The government still advises against exchanging handshakes and getting tested if symptoms, like the flu, are detected.
About 86 percent of Dutch adults are fully vaccinated, one of the highest rates in Europe.
The Netherlands is one of several European countries that have decided to lift all restrictions related to the pandemic, along with Denmark, Sweden, England and, as of Saturday, Norway.