No decision has yet been taken about whether the curfew in the Netherlands should be extended but the government has confirmed primary schools will reopen on February 8. Here’s what you need to know about the January 2 update on Dutch coronavirus rules.
The curfew will continue from 9pm to 4.30am until the morning of February 10. The government has asked its advisors to look at the complete package of measures currently in operation and their report is due by the weekend. Ministers will decide then if the curfew should be extended.
Primary schools and daycare centres will reopen their doors on February 8. If any pupil or teacher tests positive for coronavirus, the entire class must go into quarantine and take a test after five days. Children who are not tested should stay in quarantine for a further five days.
In addition, parents of younger children are being urged to stay outside the school gates and to wear a face mask when dropping off their children. Children in groups 7 and 8 should come to school alone if at all possible.
Schools are also urged to recommend children in the top two years wear a face mask when outside the classroom.
Secondary schools and after school clubs remain shut to most pupils until March 1 at least, or after the winter half term holidays. However, they remain open for pupils in exam years and the children of essential workers.
Non food shops, which have been closed since mid December, will be able to reopen from February 10 to provide collection services for customers who have ordered items online.
Customers must wait four hours between ordering and collecting to stop people shopping for fun, prime minister Mark Rutte said. Collections must be by appointment and customers may not go into the shop itself.
No change to the regulations announced on January 22, including the suspension of all flights from Britain, South Africa and all of South America until formal quarantine requirements have been introduced later this month.
Everyone travelling to the Netherlands by boat or plane from a high risk area must have the results of a fast test taken no more than four hours before their journey with them, in addition to the PCR test. They also have to go into quarantine for 10 days on their arrival, but will be able to take a test after five,
The government continues to advise against all foreign travel up to and including March, unless there is a very compelling work or family reason.
For the official travel advice, see the government website.
General lockdown measures
The rest of the lockdown rules have been extended until to March 2. The cabinet will take a decision on what to do next on February 23.
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