Scuffles erupted as thousands of protesters took to the streets of Amsterdam on Sunday to protest against a lockdown extension and government restrictions aiming to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, despite a ban on gatherings issued by the city's administration. The protest took place a day before the government will decide whether to prolong the national lockdown and current COVID-19 restrictions. On December 19 a lockdown was implemented ordering all non-essential businesses to close in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown measures were due to remain in place until at least January 14. 85 percent of the Dutch adult population is vaccinated against COVID-19 whilst less than 9 percent have received their booster shot.