Shops in the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht are more likely to close for fear of the corona virus. As a result, the late night shopping is over.

All shops in the Utrecht Steenstraat, Amsterdam Kalverstraat and Rotterdam Beurstraverse - popularly called the Koopgoot - are closed on Thursday evening. In this way, the retailers try to limit losses and protect personnel against the COVID-19 virus.

"It is a time of crisis and we respond as a shopping street to that," said an employee of clothing store VILA in the Kalverstraat.

The opening hours will also be adjusted further. "Many shops only open in the afternoon. Times are between 12:00 and 18:00," says an ONLY employee in the Beurstraverse. "It is already very quiet on the street, so staying open longer just doesn't make sense."

Many shops remained closed on Thursday in Utrecht. Some shops that have already closed their doors nationwide are the Bijenkorf, Van Haren and the ANWB.

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