Shops will partly open again, but only for people who make an appointment at least four hours in advance.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced this on Tuesday evening at the corona press conference.

There will be some relaxations from Wednesday, March 3.

One of these is shopping by appointment.

Anyone who makes an appointment at least four hours in advance is allowed to come to the store to pick up goods or, for example, to test a seat.

There may only be a maximum of two customers per floor at the same time and the masking obligation continues to apply.

The retail chain HEMA is already pleased with the relaxation.

"Being really in the store is more pleasant," says a spokesman for the ANP news agency.

'Measure does not provide relief'

The department store chain now hopes to make it easier for customers who think they need something else in the store, or who want to look elsewhere.

"That is now only possible to a limited extent. Online shopping is much more targeted."

The sector organization of the retail trade RND is less satisfied.

"The measure will not provide relief for the vast majority of stores in the Netherlands", it sounds.