Twitter Users Share Photos of Long Lines Outside Marijuana Coffee Shops Ahead of Netherlands Lockdown

The Netherlands closed its schools, restaurants, cafes and sports clubs on Sunday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The closures were put into force at 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. EST) and the restrictions included marijuana coffee shops, resulting in long lines of Netherlands residents hoping to stock up.

The restrictions will remain in place in the Netherlands until April 6, so weed smokers were willing to wait in long lines in the hopes of making a purchase before the lockdown.

Christiaan Triebert tweeted, "Toilet paper, hand sanitizer and face masks? These people stand in line to buy weed ahead of the Netherlands #COVID19 lockdown," along with two photos of long lines outside coffee shops.

Jaap Visser shared photos taken in Utrecht, Groningen, and Eindhoven, showing dozens of people waiting to go into coffee shops. Visser said: "Wow, everywhere in The Netherlands are big lines at the coffee shop to get the latest marijuana. Due to the lockdown, all coffeeshops need to close in a few minutes."

Aitor Viana tweeted: "In some [countries], people buy toilet paper in view of the lockdown. [The] Netherlands buys weed. Priorities." Viana shared a photo of a people lining up alongside a canal, waiting to enter the coffee shop.

Writer and director Martin Koolhoven shared a video of a line stretching down the block. Koolhoven then shared a video of two men handing out business cards to people in the line with the caption, "There's enough."

Gary Patrick Brown shared a photo of yet another long line outside a coffee shop in the Netherlands and said: "When your government announces on a Sunday evening that everything is to be closed until April 6, what do you quickly grab? Toilet roll? Pasta? In Amsterdam, it's weed apparently."

Twitter user @stephenlough95 shared a screenshot of a text and said, "My brother lives in Amsterdam and just sent me this hahaha," along with a photo of people outside a coffee shop.

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health website says that there are 1,135 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and eight deaths caused by COVID-19 in the Netherlands.

According to Reuters, Healthcare Minister Bruno Bruins said of the lockdown: "I am certain these will not be our last measures, the situation keeps developing very rapidly and we will keep deciding on further measures based on the knowledge of experts. I cannot speculate on what measures these will be, but it is clear that more will follow."

World Health Organization advice for avoiding the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before; during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
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  • Avoid touching your hands, nose, and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • If you feel unwell (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and call local health authorities in advance.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
A person holding a lit cannabis joint in Cremers Coffee Shop in the Netherlands. Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/Getty
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