Covid-19: Dutch government eases lockdown

Covid-19: Netherland announces Evening closures, stricter measures during the day

The Netherlands government is imposing stricter measures in order to curb the number of infections and stop the health and care sector from being further overburdened. The measures are intended to significantly reduce the frequency of contact between people. During the daytime, people can still go to school, carry out their work and do sports and other activities, but with some restrictions. In the evenings almost everything will be closed. These measures will enter into force at 05.00 on Sunday 28 November and apply until at least Sunday 19 December. The government will reassess the situation on Tuesday 14 December. 

Measures and urgent advice

Everyone should stay at home as much as possible.

Between 17.00 and 05.00 locations must be closed and events are not permitted.

Everyone aged 18 and over must stay 1.5 metres away from others.

Essential shops, such as supermarkets and chemists, can stay open until 20.00. 

Essential service providers, such as notaries, lawyers, mortgage advisors and medical health professionals, can be open for their normal opening hours.

Amateur sports matches and training are not permitted between 17.00 and 05.00. Professional sports matches and training and professional artistic and cultural activities are permitted, even after 17.00. No spectators or audiences.

Face masks while moving around and 1.5-metre distancing are required at all locations where people have assigned seats, such as restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres. This means fewer people can be admitted to these locations.

1.5-metre distancing and face masks will be required at all locations with a continuous flow of visitors, such as trade fairs. This means fewer people can be admitted to these locations. 

The rules for working from home have been tightened: ‘Work from home. If this is impossible: stay 1.5 metres apart at work.’

Do a self-test before visiting others or receiving visitors.

Take extra care in situations where people aged 70 and over come into contact with children aged 12 and under.

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