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Amsterdam asks visitors to steer clear of Red Light District over COVID crowding concerns

2020-07-25

Europeans will need to bust through a stop sign to visit Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District after authorities decided the area was booming a bit too much after coronavirus restrictions were lifted.

Amsterdam, home to Europe’s most famous concentration of sex shops and brothels, on Saturday urged desirous visitors to steer clear of the naughty neighborhood.

“Don’t come to the red light district,” the city’s official Twitter account said. “It is too busy. Several streets are temporarily closed.”

Sex workers legally resumed work on July 1 as the worst of the Netherlands’ COVID-19 outbreak faded into the rearview mirror.

But authorities expressed that the floodgates have opened too far in the neighborhood, which is located along criss-crossing canals near the center of the Dutch capital.

During the pandemic, the Netherlands has recorded more than 50,000 coronavirus cases. The country’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 6,155, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

With News Wire Services