Saturday 31 July 2021

The Netherlands eases its coronavirus restrictions on June 5: an update

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More Dutch rules for reducing social contacts and limiting the spread of coronavirus are being relaxed on Saturday June 5. Here’s an update on what you need to know.

Museums, cinemas and theatres
Museums and historic buildings can admit one visitor per 10 square metres. Cinemas, pop music venues and theatres can also open their doors again, subject to certain conditions including reservation, health checks and designated seating. Reservations can be made for up to 4 people.

Large venues with 1,000 seats or more may admit up to 250 visitors as long as they keep 1.5 metre apart.

Restaurants, cafés and bars
Restaurants and cafes can open from 6am to 10pm, as long as everyone is assigned a table and there are no more than 50 guests in each space – ie indoors and outdoors. A maximum of four people per table seated 1.5 metres apart, excluding the under 13s.

Restaurants and cafés can serve dinner in a maximum of two sittings per table per evening.

Negative tests
The government has decided to introduce coronavirus entry passes as part of step 3 of the reopening plan. This means restaurants, sports venues and theatres can admit more people than the regulation 50 if they only admit people who have a negative coronavirus test – as long as social distancing is observed.

A network of fast test locations is being put together and the tests will be free. It will be up to the venues themselves whether or not to opt for testing and more customers or fans.

To make an appointment for a fast test – which should be taken no more than 40 hours ahead of the event, go to testenvoortoegang.org. According to the healthcare ministry there will be capacity for 225,000 tests a day from Saturday.

However, as yet it is totally unclear if any institutions will use testing – museums for example, have already said they don’t see anything in the idea.

Football, hockey and culture

Negative tests are required for outdoor sports events, such as the European football and the European hockey championships which start in Amstelveen on Friday. The Holland Festival also requires visitors have a negative test to attend a live event.

Groups
You can now invite four people over the age of 13 to your home per day or go outdoors in a group of four people.

Working from home
Working from home remains key but teams will be able to meet again for training and development.

Amusement parks, zoos
Indoor spaces at amusement parks and zoos, such as a reptile house may reopen.  Casinos and other indoor amusements like laser gaming may reopen, with a maximum number of visitors of one person per 10 square metres or up to 50 people. Reservations, registration and a health check are mandatory. When indoors visitors must wear a face mask.

Saunas and spas
They may also reopen with a maximum of one person per 10 square metres or up to 50 people, again with reservations, registration and a health check.

Sports and fitness
Adults may once again take part in sports in groups of up to 50 people without having to keep 1.5 metres apart, if the sport in question requires people to be closer. That means yoga classes can restart.

Competitive matches for children aged 17 and under may take place again but without spectators. The over-18s may not yet play competitive matches, but matches between members of the same sports club are okay.

Changing rooms and showers can reopen as well as clubhouses. People must wear a face mask indoors, except during the sports activity itself.

Alcohol sales and coffee shops (cannabis cafés)
Alcohol may now be sold from 6am to 10pm and cannabis cafes may open for take away up to 10pm.

Shops
Shops can now have one customer per 10 square metres, rather than per 25 square metres as at present. Night shops can also reopen.

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