Coronavirus in the Netherlands: what you need to know


Here’s a round-up of our most recent articles about coronavirus in the Netherlands, to keep you updated.

Dutch start easing coronavirus rules
The government’s road map to start returning life to normal, as outlined at the May 6 news conference.

Easing the Dutch coronavirus rules: what the experts say
Summaries of interviews given by several experts about the government’s plans to start easing the ‘intelligent’ lockdown.

Major festivals not on the radar until there is a vaccine
It will be September at least before the Netherlands sanctions festivals and major events.

Face masks, testing and an app: What the Dutch are doing
A summary of the main arguments for and against testing and masks used by Dutch ministers and experts.

Coronavirus in NL: what you said in our survey
A summary of the main findings of the survey into international workers and coronavirus, involving 3,400 readers.

We need to trust in the experts, says Dutch king
The king made a rare televised speech to the national calling on people to work together to overcome corona.

Group immunity is not the main aim of Dutch measures, says health chief
The head of the Dutch public health institute explains why the Netherlands has not yet gone for a total lockdown.

We are aiming for maximum control of coronavirus, prime minister says
Mark Rutte’s speech to the nation, outlining the Dutch approach and calling on people to take care of each other.

Advice and survival tips

Official sources of information for businesses
A round-up of government and trade group advice and information.

Coronavirus and your tax affairs: what you need to know
A round-up of the measures the government has taken to help companies and private individuals cope with the impact of corona on their tax liabilities.

Set up webshop and get your company running again
A 24-hour service to set up an online retail package (sponsored)

Coronavirus and learning Dutch at home: make the most of it
Leading language teachers recommend how to make the most of your time to pick up the language remotely.

Coronavirus and your rights: hotel and holiday bookings
A brief look at the main issues affecting consumers who have booked hotels and other events which have to be cancelled.

Coronavirus and home schooling: tribulations and tips
One mother’s view on teaching her kids at home, plus some tips for making home schooling easier.

From starred restaurants to beer: food firms get creative
A round up of initiatives to help restaurants and bars keep ticking over because they are now forced to close.

Locals get corona creative: here’s how
Ideas of how you can help the local community and make sure small businesses survive.

What to do when you are self-isolating: tips
Beef up your cooking, do the garden and binge watch tv? There is more to do than that.

Coronavirus and your rights at work: questions and answers
Lawyers from GMW on your rights as a worker with regard to working from home and holiday pay.

Coronavirus and the housing market: questions and answers
Henk Jansen from Expat Mortgages answers questions about whether now is the right time to buy a house.

Coronavirus and children: how to combat anxiety
Tips about talking to children about coronavirus, and to keep them calm, by Rhiannon Phillips-Bianco of the British School in the Netherlands

Other information sources

Turkish, Polish, Chinese or German? Other language Dutch news
A round up of other language sources of Dutch news, including coverage of the coronavirus crisis.

Official sources of information in English
The public health institute RIVM carries a daily update: website
The government’s English language site has some information: website
The Netherlands foreign investment agency info: website
Amsterdam city council information: website (various languages)
The Hague city council information: website

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