On Tuesday, October 6, The Netherlands implemented new rules to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the country for the first time since April, and will last for about three weeks. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte stated in a press conference that the three largest cities in the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hauge) currently have the highest number of positive cases and are in need of urgent preventive measures. The new rules include wearing masks when entering shops and public transport, as well as prohibiting non-essential travel between Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hauge. Restaurants and bars are allowed to be open but must close by 22:00. The government had used an “intelligent” lockdown in the country from April for 5 months where public places and several shops were still open for business despite the threat of the pandemic. The “intelligent” lockdown aimed to reduce the economic and social costs of the country caused from staying indoors. However, a survey showed that 99% of the population still followed social distancing rules while 93% remained inside their houses as much as possible.