Monday 20 September 2021

Coronavirus in the Netherlands: what you need to know (September 14)

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The Dutch government is scrapping most of the remaining coronavirus regulations on September 25. Here’s what you need to know.

Coronavirus passes
The use of a QR code which states whether the carrier has been vaccinated, is immune through infection or has had a negative coronavirus test within 24 hours, will become compulsory for everyone over the age of 12 at most places where large groups meet, apart from religious services, from September 25.

Clubs and cafes will remain closed from midnight to 6am.

There are no plans to introduce fees for tests in the near future.

No social distancing
The 1.5 metre social distancing rule is being dropped from September 25, although it remains recommended. This means that cinemas, theatres, sports stadiums and outdoor events can take place at full capacity – as long as visitors have a coronavirus pass.

Indoor events which are not seated can take place at 75% capacity.

Multi-day events can also go ahead, as long as visitors’ coronavirus passes are checked on a daily basis

Education
Masks will no longer be compulsory outside lessons and the 75 person limit on university lectures will go. Twice weekly tests are still recommended.

If a primary school pupil tests positive for coronavirus, only they will be sent home, not the entire class. (From September 20)

Working from home
The rule remains: work from home if possible, go to the office if you have to.

Masks
Face masks will remain compulsory on public transport, in taxis and at airports, once past security.

Travel
From September 22, visitors from the US and UK and other high risk countries will no longer have to go into quarantine nor will Dutch nationals returning from high risk countries. A negative test and/or proof of vaccination will still be required. Check the government website for details.

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