They are streets of the Belgian city of Antwerp full of neighbors from Antwerp in the Netherlands, which is only 20 kilometers away. Confinement does not allow them to go out and buy because only essential trade is open. So they make their last Christmas shopping in neighboring Holland. An escape from the Netherlands government's restrictions to stop the rampant increase in covid infections and the spread of Omicron – if we had any symptoms, we would not have come, he says. They don't want to feel guilty about this getaway. I can understand that they come to buy but it is not a good idea, he says. The Dutch prime minister announced the closure of his country until at least January 14.