It was no busier on Saturday than usual at the Albert Heijn and Jumbo stores, spokespersons told when asked.

The branches of the supermarket chains close during the period when the curfew is in force at 8.45 pm.

The curfew goes into effect for the first time on Saturday evening at 9 p.m.

Supermarkets are obliged to close 15 minutes earlier, so that customers have time to get home.

Spar advises its entrepreneurs whose standard closing time is after 9 p.m. to close their doors at 8.30 p.m., a spokesperson said.

The COOP stores will then be closed anyway, so no change in closing time is necessary.

For Albert Heijn, the curfew represents the biggest adjustment, as many stores are open until 10 p.m.

This also applies to Jumbo supermarkets, albeit to a lesser extent.

The delivery of online groceries continues as usual, even after 9 p.m.

"There is no extra crowds just before curfew," said a spokesman on behalf of Jumbo.

In mid-December, when the tougher lockdown was announced, supermarkets were still busy.

At the time, branch association Central Bureau Food Trade (CBL) told

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that there was no reason to suddenly start hoarding.