Eight new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus
During a national press conference held on Tuesday 13 October at 7pm, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport Hugo de Jonge announced eight new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. These will come into effect on Wednesday 14 October at 10pm and will be in force for at least four weeks.
If you are visiting or if you plan on visiting the Netherlands
If you consider visiting the Netherlands within the next four weeks, this is what you should know:
- All bars, restaurants and coffee shops will be closed (takeaway allowed). After 8pm alcohol will be forbidden from consumption in public spaces. Hotels can remain open and serve their guests.
- The maximum amount of people that are allowed to gather in public spaces remains at 30.
- Maximum four people can meet socially.
- Amateur contact sports for people above the age of 18 are no longer allowed. Professional sports are allowed but without public. Running is allowed as long 1.5 meters distance can be maintained.
- All events such as festivals, concerts are banned.
- All shops will be closed after 8pm.
- Travel within the Netherlands is allowed as long as you are with a maximum of four people from different households.
- Everyone above the age of 13 will be required to wear a face mask in public places.
All the basic rules & regulations remain
During your stay you must follow the rules that have been imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These rules apply to everyone in the Netherlands, including international visitors:
- Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres (approx. 2 arm’s lengths).
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Don’t shake hands with others.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Avoid busy places. Leave if you notice it is becoming difficult to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
- You must wear a non-medical face mask when using public transport.
You will find the most actual and accurate information about the situation, the rules and regulations here (Dutch Government Website).