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Tiptoeing through the tulips – Keukenhof open as part of a ‘test’

Sunday 11 April

Forced to close due to the COVID lockdown in spring last year, Keukenhof was open from Friday to Sunday this weekend (9-11 April) for 5000 visitors as day as part of a ‘test’ programme. One of the Netherlands’ top tourist attractions, Keukenhof’s tulip displays attracted up to 60 000 visitors a day at the height of the season in the years before the pandemic closed the annual event. Keukenhof will be open for another ‘test’ to a limited 5000 visitors a day next weekend if the pilot programme is a success. Only people who have a negative COVID test result are permitted into the resort.

Opening Keukenhof to a limited number of people with a negative test result is a pilot scheme to test whether other events can take place without risk of COVID infections.

Keukenhof photos: Kristine Racina

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