The coronavirus crisis has led people to panic buying at Amsterdam’s weed cafés, which has led them to become overrun with people queuing up around the block.
The Netherlands is one of the latest countries to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak which has now lead to a lockdown.
Currently, the death toll stands at 20 within the country and after eight people died this weekend, the Dutch government had decided to confirm a lockdown in which all non-essential businesses will be closed at the weekend.
It is expected that the restrictions are going to remain in force until at least April 6.
In a press conference, Education Minister Arie Slob said: “It has become clear that it was impossible for many schools to remain open, as many teachers were already sick at home and because of safety risks.
“Therefore we have decided to close all schools and daycare centres.”
Speaking directly to the panic buyers, Slob added: “Do not hoard, it’s not necessary there is enough to go around.”
However, Dutch pleasure seekers are taking no risks and are stocking up on all essentials for a month-long lockdown.
People have shared photos over social media showing the Netherland’s capital, Amsterdam, being overrun with queues that are extending around the block for the country’s famed coffee shops – as locals want to bulk-buy on weed.
Due to the coronavirus crisis, the city’s infamous sex clubs have responded by closing their doors.
With a hundred more coffee shops legally selling marijuana in Amsterdam, it is mainly concentrated in the city’s Red Light District.
Usually, they have their menus printed to hang up on display walls. Customers can then choose from the weed, which includes prerolled joints and often “space cakes”, which is most commonly chocolate brownies that are baked with THC oil in them.
However, some are concerned that even if they stock up for a month, this will not be enough. Dutch authorities have already warned that there could be further restrictions on the way.
Healthcare Minister Bruno Bruins stated yesterday: “I am certain these will not be our last measures, the situation keeps developing very rapidly and we will keep deciding on further measures based on the knowledge of experts.
“I cannot speculate on what measures these will be, but it is clear that more will follow.”