The ruling applies immediately, so that the curfew is no longer valid from today 16- 02-2021. The government can appeal of this ruling, this will not change the new situation: in other words we are all have freedom of movement, the curfew is canceled until then. It is a sensitive defeat for the cabinet, because according to the judge the wrong law has actually been used.
The court ruled that a curfew has such a far-reaching impact on the right to free movement and on privacy that it requires ‘extremely careful decision making.
According to dutchnews.nl, Judges in The Hague have ruled that the curfew must be lifted immediately because of its impact on personal freedom. The case was brought by anti-coronavirus campaign group Viruswaarheid. The court ruled that a curfew has such a far-reaching impact on the right to free movement and on privacy that it requires ‘extremely careful decision making’. However, for the introduction of the curfew, the government used emergency powers legislation which does not require the consent of parliament. The court said that parliament should have been consulted because there was no ‘special urgency’ – to introduce the curfew when it did.
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