Professional sport in the Netherlands has been banned until September 1 after its suspension was extended by three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Dutch FA had planned to resume the suspended football season for its top two divisions on June 19, behind closed doors. But Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has announced on Tuesday all major public events, including professional sports and music festivals, are prohibited until September 1 to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections.
“It’s better to be cautious now than to have regrets later,” Rutte said.
“I would love to say we could go a lot further. But that is very scary and dangerous. We see a little improvement in the data, but just imagine that we would relax some measures, causing the virus to peak again.
Three of the top four clubs in the Eredivisie – Ajax, AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands rose in the past 24 hours by 729 to 34,134, health authorities said on Tuesday, with the total deaths standing at 3,916.
Restaurants and bars were ordered to remain closed for another three weeks until May 19.