Cities urge people to stay home on Dutch king’s birthday

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Crowds have gathered in cities across the Netherlands despite authorities urging people to stick to coronavirus social distancing regulations as the country marks the King’s Day national holiday. This year’s celebrations for King Willem-Alexander’s birthday Tuesday came as lockdown fatigue is rising and a day before an easing of some restrictions. Meanwhile hospitals are having to postpone regular medical procedures so they can focus on the high level of COVID-19 patients. Even so, clear blue skies and warm weather sent people crowding into city parks and prompted authorities to tell them to go home and others to stay away.