Tuesday 11 August 2020

Coronavirus in the Netherlands: the main changes from July 1

Face masks for sale in Amsterdam. Credit: DutchNews.nl

A large number of the remaining rules to combat coronavirus in the Netherlands are being lifted or changed from July 1. Here is an update of what you need to know:

  • The 1.5 metre social distancing rule remains the norm, as do hygiene measures, including washing your hands regularly. If you have symptoms, stay home and get a test.
  • Children up to the age of 12 do not have to keep their distance from adults, which means they can again hug their grandparents.
  • Children aged 12 to 18 do not have to keep their distance from their peers, but must stay 1.5 metres from adults, apart from their parents.
  • The 1.5 metre social distancing rule will no longer apply on public transport – as long as people are seated – but masks will remain compulsory.
  • People can also sit next to each other in coaches and non-family groups can travel in the same car. Masks are recommended.
  • Outdoor events will no longer have a maximum number of visitors as long as social distancing is observed and people are seated and have booked places in advance. Without reservations, the limit is 250.
  • Indoor events have a limit of 100 people excluding staff. Seating is compulsory. However, if spaces have been reserved in advance, and visitors answer questions about their health, and observe the 1.5 metre rule, there is no limit on the number of guests.
  • Stadiums such as the Kuip and Arena can reopen for events, as long as people keep 1.5 metres distance and do not sing or chant.
  • Cafe terraces can ditch the 1.5 metre rule between tables, if they place protective screens instead.
  • Coffee shops, which had been confined to takeaways only, can also function as a cafe again.
  • Sex workers can start work again, as long as they keep to protocols.
  • Saunas, ports schools and gyms can reopen, and competitive sports can also resume.
  • The limit on visits to people in nursing homes is also being lifted.
  • However, night clubs and discos remain closed and singing in large groups, including in churches, remains banned because of the risk of infection.

Working from home should remain the norm, but the government will examine possibly changing this position over the summer.

The government has a string of measures to help companies and the self employed deal with the financial fall-out. Find out more about these here. If you are losing your job because of the crisis, check out your rights here.

The government will review the situation ahead of September 1, when clubs and discos should be given the green light to reopen.

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