Coronavirus in the Netherlands: what you need to know

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Here is a round-up of the latest information about the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands, government measures to stop the virus and official help for companies and the self-employed

Government outlines €13bn package to help industry (May 20)
The latest measures to help companies, workers and freelancers and minimise the impact of Covid-19 on the economy.

Dutch press ahead with easing Covid-19 rules (May 19)
Further details about plans to allow schools, cafes and bars to open again, plus more information about the government’s mass testing plans.

No fines for wearing medical masks on public transport, but who will check?
It will be compulsory to wear a face mask on trams, buses and trains from June 1, but there is still a lot of confusion about the rules.

Coronavirus has little impact on housing market, more choice for tenants
New figures indicate that Covid-19’s impact on the over-heated Dutch housing market has been limited so far.

Experts warn of second wave without stricter contact tracing
The government plans to make sure everyone with symptoms can be tested from June, but experts have their doubts if this is feasible.

Coronavirus in the Netherlands, a timetable of the pandemic (May 16)
An overview of the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands in perspective.

Three cats and one dog in the Netherlands diagonosed with coronavirus
The outbreak of coronavirus on four mink farms has led to confirmation that it can be spread to cats.

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.

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 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.

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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