Updated October 28, 2020.
A Tuesday evening press conference by Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Hugo de Jonge did not offer any changes to existing COVID policy, but the minister did suggest that the current partial lockdown measures will likely be in effect at least into the beginning of December. “The numbers remain high and have to go down. . . The most important thing we can improve remains our own behavior,” the Prime Minister said during last night’s address.
The ministers and RIVM will continue to monitor this new wave of outbreaks and will address the nation again in one week on Tuesday, November 3, unless the situation worsens and requires them to do so earlier.
Updated October 22, 2020.
The enforcement of any mask wearing requirements appears to vary between establishments at this time. Shops continue to operate takeaway-only and with limited capacity. Some shops have been observed to be only allowing one individual inside at a time.
Updated October 15, 2020.
Initial regulation banning the carrying and consumption of cannabis products between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. was altered after it was found to be in violation of the tolerance policy.
October 14, 2020.
Beginning Wednesday, October 14 at 10 p.m. the Netherlands will begin a new phase of measures in attempt to quell another wave of Coronavirus infections. After 2 weeks, an evaluation will be completed to see if these measures will be extend or not.
A highlight of the measures include:
• Work from home unless there is not another option
• Coffeeshops will close at 8p.m.
• Coffeeshops will be open for takeaway only
• Restaurants, bars, and cafes will be open for takeaway only
• Masks are mandatory in all public spaces (applies to 13+)
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge addressed the nation Tuesday evening to address sky rocketing numbers of new Dutch coronavirus infections, which have been on the rise since September. This latest press conference comes in the wake of breaking news regarding an 89 year old Dutch woman who has died after becoming reinfected with coronavirus a mere 59 days after becoming symptomatic from her first infection, raising serious questions regarding the length of time COVID-19 antibodies and immunity last.
“The coronavirus has been given too much room to spread again. The cabinet decided today that stricter measures are needed to ensure that the number of infections decreases. We do this by intervening in those places where the risk of transmission of the virus is greatest. By limiting the number of contact moments and travel movements, supporting people in complying with the ground rules and stricter enforcement”, the Rijksoverheid said in a Tuesday evening statement. “More than we would like, the tightening of the measures has an impact on society and the economy. But this step is now necessary so that a new perspective will then arise: a society in which we keep the virus under control. It is crucial that we can keep 1.5 meters away from others and follow the ground rules. Everyone with complaints can be tested and people with a positive test result stay at home. This way, the greatest part of the infections can be prevented.”
These measures apply across the Netherlands from Wednesday 14 October at 22:00 (10:00 p.m.). They are set to continue until October 28, 2020. During this time, conditions will be monitored and procedures will be amended or prolonged as seen fit.
Full Outline of Netherlands COVID-19 Measures as of 10 p.m. 14 October, 2020
-At home you receive a maximum of 3 people per day.
-In indoor areas where people are seated, a maximum number of people is 30.
-Indoors (not in the home situation) and outdoors, a group consists of a maximum of 4 people from different households.
-A household does not have a maximum number of people
The daily life:
-Work at home, unless there is no other option.
-From the age of 13, wear a face mask in public indoor areas and on public transport.
-In secondary education (VO), MBO and higher education (HO), everyone wears a mask outside of class.
-All food and beverage outlets close their doors. Pick up is still possible
The exceptions are:
Hotels for hotel guests
Airports past the security check
-Locations with a combined function close the part with a catering function
-Retail stores close by 8:00 PM at the latest. Shopping evenings will be abolished.
-Food shops may remain open later.
-No more alcohol or soft drugs will be sold or delivered between 8:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.
-It is not allowed to carry or consume alcohol or soft drugs in public spaces between 20:00 and 07:00. (Amended 15 October, 2020)
-Events are prohibited, with the exception of:
Trade fairs and conferences
Cinemas and theaters
Demonstrations, gatherings and meetings as referred to in the Public Events Act
-In the retail sector, agreements are made about strict compliance with the protocols. If it gets too busy, or if the ground rules are not followed, (part of) a location can be closed. Enforcement is being tightened up.
-At so-called transfer locations (for example monuments, libraries and museums), visits must take place on the basis of a reservation per period, with the exception of retail trade and markets for foodstuffs.
-Sports is only possible to a limited extent:
-For everyone over 18, sports are only allowed at a distance of 1.5 meters and only individually or in a team with no more than 4 people. Competitions are not allowed.
The exceptions are:
Top athletes with status in designated locations (such as Papendal)
Football players (including other personnel in “bubble”) of the Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie.
-For children up to 18 years old, team sports and mutual competitions with teams from their own club allowed.
-In addition to the sports canteens, showers and changing rooms are also closed.
Events are prohibited, with the exception of:
-Trade fairs and conferences
-Cinemas and theaters
-Demonstrations, gatherings and meetings as referred to in the Public Events Act
-Travel as little as possible
-Stay at your holiday address as much as possible
-Limit the number of trips and avoid crowds
-For abroad the following applies: follow travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
There are no national travel restrictions at this time, yet the public is urged to travel as little as possible and to do so responsibly.
We encourage you to stay safe and to follow these measures to protect yourself and others. Let’s work together so we can return to a different way of life.
Updated October 13, 2020.
The Dutch government is calling for stricter guidelines to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak. The cabinet is expected to announce new measures tonight during their 7p.m. press conference. Dirk Beljaarts, director of Koninklijke Horeca Nederland tells NOS Radio 1, these new plans are a “final push” to attempt to reduce the increasing number of corona infections across the Netherlands.
Updated September 20, 2020.
Coffeeshops will be limiting their opening hours and closing their doors by 12 a.m. (midnight). Some shops have also closed their smoking lounges in response to the latest outbreaks.
Updated August 14, 2020.
While several catering establishments in Amsterdam have been following corona measures, many others continue to break the rules. Gemeente Amsterdam stated this earlier today on Twitter, as they began to tighten up the enforcement. Expect agents in plain clothing to conduct corona checks at various catering establishments.
Updated August 7, 2020.
Caterers will have to collect contact details of all parties involved in a reservation. This is to ensure the ease of contact tracing in the event that there is an infection. In the case an infection is found, the restaurant will be forced to close for 2 weeks.
Updated July 1, 2020.
Coffeeshop smoking areas reopen after COVID-19 shutdown.
Updated March 16, 2020.
Coffeeshops remain open, the majority are now operating on a takeaway-only basis.
Updated March 15, 2020.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte will address the Netherlands on Monday to discuss the plan to combat the Corona Virus in further detail. Rutte’s address is scheduled to begin at 7 PM GMT+1.
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