Do’s and don’ts in the Netherlands

The corona measures in the Netherlands will stay in effect probably until a vaccin was found and many people were injected. The measures may change based on current figures. So, what are the main corona measures? Below the do’s and don’ts:

The do’s:

  • Stay home as much as possible. Leave the house only to go to work if you cannot work at home, to buy groceries or to take care of others. You can go out to get some fresh air, but do not do so in groups.
  • Always keep a good distance from other people (at least 1.5 metres) and avoid all social activities and groups of people. At home: limit the number of visitors to 3 and keep sufficient distance (1.5m) from each other.
  • If you have a cough or a cold: stay home. If someone in your household develops a fever, all the members of the household should stay home. This does not apply to key workers in crucial sectors and critical processes, unless they themselves get sick. You can end the quarantine 24 hours after the symptoms of anyone who had a fever or shortness of breath have disappeared.
  • As from June 1, 2020:
    • public transport will be available again for all people. You will have to ware a face mask.
    • secondary schools will reopen (the details will be worked out);
    • cafés and restaurants may reopen outdoor seating areas as long as people can stay 1.5 meters apart;
    • cinemas, restaurants, cafés and cultural institutions (such as concert venues and theatres) will reopen, subject to certain conditions:a maximum of 30 people (including staff). People must be able to stay 1.5 meters apart;
    • visitors must reserve beforehand;
    • the owner will discuss with customers beforehand whether their visit entails risks;
    • museums and heritage sites will reopen. Visitors must buy tickets beforehand, to ensure people can stay 1.5 meters apart.
  • As from July 1, 2020:
    • shared toilets and shower blocks at campsites and holiday parks can reopen.
    • the maximum number of visitors to cinemas, restaurants, cafés and cultural institutions can hopefully be increased to 100.
    • this increase would also apply to the maximum number of participants at organised gatherings, such as church services, weddings, rehearsals and funerals.

The don’ts:

  • Events and gatherings for which organizers would normally be required to apply for a permit or notify the authorities are banned until 1 September 2020.
  • Don’t go to busy places or go home if you see that there are many people where you are.
  • Gyms, saunas, health spas, club canteens, cannabis cafés, casinos and sex establishments will stay closed until 1 September 2020.

Enforcement of the corona measures in the Netherlands

  • There is a ban on gathering in groups in public, regardless of whether or not this is intentional. The government is defining a group as three or more people together who are not keeping at least 1.5 meters away from one another. This rule does not apply to people who are part of the same household. 
  • Different regulations apply to markets as these play a crucial role in bringing food to consumers in some places. Municipalities and market superintendents will examine ways to ensure members of the public can stay at least 1.5 meters away from one another.
  • Mayors will be able to introduce local emergency legislation (noodverordening) so that the measures can be enforced faster and more easily. Mayors can also order specific locations to be closed and fines can be imposed.
  • A fine of € 399 can be imposed if you do not follow up on the measures.


These corona measures must be taken very seriously in order to fight the virus outbreak in the Netherlands.

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