Coronavirus measures in brief

These measures are in place in the Netherlands to slow the spread of the coronavirus. They are in place until at least 05:00 on Wednesday 26 January 2022

Basic rules for everyone

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
  • Stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • If you have symptoms, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible.
  • Ensure a good flow of fresh air indoors.

At home and at work

  • Stay at home as much as possible. If you do go out, limit contact with others and stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • If you test positive for coronavirus, you must self-isolate. The people you live with do not have to self-quarantine if they tested positive for coronavirus less than 8 weeks ago and have fully recovered, or if they received their booster vaccination at least 1 week ago.
  • If you are unsure whether you need to self-quarantine, do the Quarantine Check.
  • Work from home. If this is impossible, stay 1.5 metres apart at work.
  • Receive no more than 4 visitors aged 13 and over per day.
  • Visit no more than 1 household a day.
  • Do a self-test before visiting others or receiving visitors.
  • People aged 70 and over are advised to limit contact with others, including children, and to stay 1.5 metres apart from others.
  • Outside homes, the advised maximum group size for people aged 13 and over is 4. There are allowed to be more than 4 people in a group if everyone in the group lives at the same address.

Evening closures

Essential shops and services

Essential shops such as supermarkets, pet shops, chemists, opticians and wholesalers must remain closed between 20.00 and 05.00

Essential service providers, such as notaries and lawyers, can be open for their normal opening hours.

The following locations must remain closed between 17.00 and 05.00:

  • Indoor and outdoor sports venues.
  • Non-essential shops such as clothing shops.
  • Non-essential locations, such as event venues, locations where contact-based professions are carried out, zoos, amusement parks, spas, saunas and tanning salons.
  • Food and drink venues such as restaurants and bars.
  • Locations for artistic and cultural activities, such as cinemas, theatres and concert halls.

Public locations can open under the following conditions:

  • Face masks must been worn in all indoor public spaces, including supermarkets, train stations and restaurants.
  • Everyone must stay 1,5 metres apart. This means fewer people can be admitted (no more than the maximum number of seats available with 1.5-metre distancing or, at locations where there is a continuous flow of visitors, 1 visitor per 5 square metres).
  • Assigned seats are mandatory at food and drink venues, events and art and culture venues. This does not apply at locations where there is a continuous flow of visitors
  • Everyone aged 13 and over must show a coronavirus entry pass at certain locations, including food and drink venues, event, sports matches and cultural performances.
  • People must wear a face mask when moving around any enclosed public space.

Education and childcare

Childcare places are open:

  • Daycare centres for children aged 0 to 4 are open.
  • From Monday 20 December to Friday 24 December primary schools and schools for special primary education will be closed. Out-of-school care facilities (BSO) will also be closed during this week.
  • Schools will be open to provide emergency care for vulnerable children and the children of key workers in crucial sectors.
  • Schools that are unable to put this emergency care into place in time must close no later than Tuesday 21 December, as must out-of-school care facilities.

Primary schools are open:

  • All staff and pupils in primary years 6, 7 and 8 are advised to do a self-test twice a week. This also applies to staff and pupils who are vaccinated or have had coronavirus. Primary schools will receive more information about this soon.
  • Pupils and staff with symptoms, including mild cold symptoms, must stay at home and get tested by the municipal health service (GGD).
  • Staff must wear a face mask when moving around the school, for example, in hallways. Face masks may be taken off in the classroom. Children in primary years 6, 7 and 8 are strongly advised to wear a face mask outside their classroom

Secondary schools are open:

  • Pupils and staff are advised to do a self-test at home twice a week. This also applies to staff and pupils who are vaccinated or have had coronavirus.
  • Pupils and staff with symptoms must stay at home and get tested by the municipal health service (GGD) or do a self-test.
  • All pupils and staff must wear a face mask when moving around the school, for example in hallways. Face masks may be taken off in the classroom

Further eductional institutions open:

  • Secondary vocational schools (MBO) are open.
  • Higher professional education institutions (HBO) and universities (WO) are open.
  • Accredited (further) education may take place in the evenings.

Sports

  • Indoor and outdoor sports venues must close at 17.00.
  • Organised outdoor sports activities for up to 4 people (excluding instructors) may take place outdoors after 17.00. Everyone must stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • Training sessions and matches for professional athletes may take place in the evening.
  • Everyone aged 18 and over must show a coronavirus entry pass to enter public indoor spaces, such as clubhouses, changing rooms and toilets.
  • Spectators are not permitted at professional and amateur sports matches and competitions.

Travel

  • Within the Netherlands: stay at home as much as possible.
  • Abroad: the Dutch government issues travel advice per country. If you have holiday plans, travel smart. Travelling is still a risk, and will remain a risk
  • Check the travel advice on Wijsopreis.nl (in Dutch).