Coronavirus in the Netherlands: what you need to know (November 12)


The cabinet has agreed a package of measures which will run for an initial three weeks in an effort to cut the surge in coronavirus numbers. Here is what you need to know:

In general
Social distancing is once again crucial while out walking and in shops, and in all places where the QR code is not required.

The Sinterklaas processions – scheduled for this weekend – can go ahead as long as local mayors sanction them.

Museums remain open and cinemas and theatres will not have to close early. Coronavirus passes remain a requirement.

People should work at home unless there is no other option.

People are urgently recommended to have no more than four guest at home within a 24 hour period.

Early closing
Non-essential shops, such as clothes shops, and casinos must close at 6pm

Hairdressers, nail stylists and sex workers must shut up shop at 6pm

Cafes and restaurants must close at 8pm. They must also work with QR codes and all guests must be seated.

Supermarkets and essential shops, such as pharmacies, must close at 8pm

Events, such as conferences, must end at 6pm and have fixed seating

Supporters will be banned from all amateur and professional sports matches. This means Tuesday’s Oranje Norway World Cup qualifier will be played without fans.

There are no more changes for gyms and sport clubs in addition to the QR code checks introduced last week.

Colleges and universities must limit numbers at lectures to 75, but not to exams.

Schools remain open.

In the longer term
The government is working on legislation which will expand the use of the coronavirus pass to more locations, such as non-essential shops, zoos and amusement parks.

The legislation will also give employers the option of asking workers to show a valid coronavirus pass.

Event organisers will also be able to opt to limit festivals and other events to either 3G (vaccinated, cured or tested) with a fixed seat, or 2G (vaccinated or cured) without a fixed seat.

Booster vaccines
The start of the booster vaccination programme will also be brought forward. This means the over 80s, and adults in residential care, as well as all healthcare workers, will be offered a third vaccination from next Friday, November 19.

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