Virus curfew must be lifted: Dutch court

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The coronavirus curfew in the Netherlands must be lifted, a Dutch court has ruled after arguing that no emergency situation exists and that the restrictions on movement are an unnecessary burden on people.

The Netherlands have been under a 9pm to 5.30am curfew since January 23, which the government says is necessary to suppress the spread of the coronavirus.

However, the restrictions were unpopular and prompted several nights of rioting shortly after they were implemented.

A protest group, whose name translates to "Truth about the Virus" filed a legal complaint seeking to have them halted.

The ruling on Tuesday calls for the curfew's immediate end.

The Dutch government argued it had the right to implement the curfew because of emergency laws passed by the legislature giving it powers to act unilaterally.

But, aside from stating there is no emergency, the court in The Hague argued that the restrictions place too many limits on the right to personal movement and interfere too heavily with an individual's personal situation.