William Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima, said in a statement issued by the Royal House on Friday night: “We have seen people’s reactions to media reports.”
“We hope that the guidelines must be followed without a doubt so that the COVID-19 virus can be brought under control. The discussions during our vacation did not help.”
Although the king’s holiday in Greece did not violate any blockade rules in the Netherlands, including the new restrictions introduced this week in one of Europe’s largest coronavirus outbreaks, the government discourages unnecessary travel.
ANP News Agency quoted Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s D-66 Party Member of Parliament Joost Sneller, one of the allies in the ruling coalition, as saying: “This is unwise and incomprehensible.”
In a televised speech on Tuesday, Root urged the country to “not check the boundaries of the rules.”
The Prime Minister said: “You can take a vacation, and then go to the place where you have booked a bungalow or hotel room. Don’t walk around.” “If you do go abroad, your choices will be limited, because few countries want to own us.”
According to ANP, Willem-Alexander, who owns a private villa in southern Greece, traveled on a government plane.
The Netherlands reported nearly 8,000 new coronavirus cases last Friday, a record.
Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima, apologized after a Greek holiday in August after a photo was posted showing that they violated the social distancing guidelines on Milos.