Dutch ditch social distancing, mandate COVID-19 passes

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Social distancing will end in the Netherlands on Sept. 25, the same date that the government will begin mandating COVID-19 health passes to get into venues like bars, restaurants and theaters, caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday.

The end of what the Dutch have come to know as the 1.5-meter (3-foot) society is the most significant part of the...