(CNN)The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander and his spouse reduce brief a trip to Greece on Friday after coming underneath criticism for touring in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We see the reactions by individuals to experiences within the media,” Willem-Alexander and his spouse Queen Maxima stated in a press release revealed by the Royal Home late on Friday.
“We want to go away little question that it is necessary to comply with the rules in an effort to get the COVID-19 virus underneath management. The dialogue over our trip shouldn’t be contributing to that.”
Although the king’s trip in Greece didn’t break any of the Netherlands’ lockdown guidelines, together with new restrictions launched this week amid certainly one of Europe’s largest coronavirus outbreaks, the federal government has discouraged pointless journey.
“That is unwise and incomprehensible,” the ANP information company quoted lawmaker Joost Sneller of the D-66 social gathering, one of many coalition companions in Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s governing coalition, as saying of the King’s trip.
Rutte had urged the nation in an televised handle on Tuesday “to not take a look at the boundaries of the foundations.”
“You possibly can go on trip, however then go to the place the place you have booked your cottage or lodge room and do not transfer round,” the prime minister stated. “If you happen to do go overseas — effectively your choices are restricted as there are few international locations that need to have us anymore.”
Willem-Alexander, who has a non-public villa in southern Greece, traveled by authorities jet, ANP reported.
The Netherlands reported almost 8,000 new coronavirus circumstances on Friday, a report.
Willem-Alexander and his spouse Queen Maxima issued an apology after a earlier trip to Greece, in August, after a photograph was revealed exhibiting them breaking social distancing pointers on the island of Milos.