Full list of all Dutch coronavirus restrictions as of January 15


Although more than 200,000 people now test positive for coronavirus each week in the Netherlands, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Ernst Kuipers have announced a series of changes to the country’s lockdown policy which are entered into force four weeks ago. While many rules remain in place, restrictions related to retail, close contact professions, higher education, sports and arts and culture participants have been eased a bit.

The new rules come into effect on January 15. No relief has been granted to hotel businesses and organizations in the cultural sector, which will have to remain closed. However, the rules will be reassessed after ten days.

“The difficult thing is that you are constantly confronted with new scientific knowledge, like with the face mask,” Rutte said. “We always have to make adjustments and it is our duty to discuss this with you again.”

The rules around face masks have also been updated, with masking now recommended in many crowded indoor and outdoor places. The government wants people to use disposable masks instead of reusable cloth masks.

Quarantine rules have also been reduced on people who have received a Covid-19 booster shot, or those who have tested positive for coronavirus in the past year. These people no longer have to quarantine after a close contact tests positive for the infection, unless symptoms of the disease begin to appear. They are advised to come to the GGD for a PCR test five days after coming into contact with someone infected with the virus.

“We can’t get rid of the coronavirus anymore. In the meantime, we know there will be variant upon variant, which makes boosters relevant,” Kuipers said. “I’m glad 90% of the population over sixty have already gotten a booster, but I would advise everyone to get one. Then after a week you’ll be so well protected that the quarantine rules can be relaxed for you.

Coronavirus restrictions in the Netherlands that have been updated or remain in place, as of January 15

Retail trade, contact professions, hotels and cultural organizations

  • Merchants can reopen, but must close every day at 5 p.m.
  • Close-contact professions including hairdressers, beauty salons, masseurs and sex workers can open their businesses, but close daily at 5 p.m.
  • People inside a store or other business must wear a face covering. Face masks should be disposable and not reusable cloth masks or homemade masks.
  • Store capacity is limited based on store size. Appointments are not required to visit non-essential retailers.
  • Customers in the store must keep a distance of 1.5 meters from others.
  • All hospitality businesses are closed to the public. It is possible to order in advance for take-out.
  • Cinemas, museums, theaters and concert halls must remain closed.
  • Essential shops, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, are allowed to stay open until 8 p.m. A face mask requirement applies in these locations, and customers are limited to a maximum of one per 5 square meters of floor space.
  • Specific services such as those of a notary or lawyer, mortgage adviser and medical contact professions can continue to hold normal opening hours.
  • Weekly markets are allowed to remain open.
  • Face masks should be worn in busy outdoor areas.

Sports

  • Most indoor and outdoor sports activities, including team sports and team sports, are allowed to resume.
  • Fitness centers and gymnasiums are allowed to reopen.
  • The public is not allowed to attend sports competitions or training at any level.
  • Coronavirus passes are required for any adult entering an indoor sports facility, with some exceptions.
  • Coronavirus passes are required for any adult participating in outdoor sports when moving indoors, such as when needing to use a changing room or restroom.
  • Sports competitions are limited to matches within a club, except for athletes and competitions at the highest level.
  • Sports club canteens can only open for take-out.
  • Changing rooms, toilets and showers in sports clubs are allowed to open.
  • Sports participants do not need to keep a distance of 1.5 meters during competitions and training if this is not possible.
  • Face masks should be worn in busy outdoor areas.

Education

  • In-person instruction at vocational secondary schools, universities of applied sciences and research universities is allowed to begin with a maximum of 75 people per class.
  • Elementary students in groups six, seven and eight, secondary students, vocational training students and higher education students must take a self-test twice a week.
  • In higher education, a maximum group size of 75 people 1.5 meters apart applies
  • Face masks must be worn by primary school students in groups six, seven and eight, secondary school students, vocational training students and higher education students when not in class.
  • Children under 12 can be expelled from school if they have a mild cold, runny nose or stuffy nose.
  • Face masks should be disposable and not reusable cloth masks or homemade masks.
  • Face masks should be worn in busy outdoor areas.

Arts & Culture

  • Indoor and outdoor cultural activities are authorized without an audience.
  • Coronavirus passes are required for any adult entering an arts and culture facility, such as rehearsal facilities, practice rooms and workshops.
  • There is a ban on all events.

Work, home and travel

  • Everyone in the Netherlands should work from home as much as possible. Those who have to go to work must stay 1.5 meters from others.
  • Do not receive more than four people aged 13 or over per day at home. Do not visit more than one household per day.
  • Outdoors there is a maximum group size of four people over the age of 13 from different households.
  • Face masks are compulsory in shops, indoor public places, busy outdoor public places, education from group 6 to higher education, on public transport, at train and bus stations and at airports.
  • Face masks should be worn in busy outdoor areas.
  • Face masks should be disposable and not reusable cloth masks or homemade masks.
  • People who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, those who have been vaccinated but have not received a booster and those who have not tested positive for coronavirus in the past year are strongly advised to enter quarantine if roommate or close contact tests positive for coronavirus infection. This quarantine can be released with a negative PCR test on the fifth day of isolation.
  • People vaccinated against Covid-19 with a booster and those who have tested positive for coronavirus in the past year do not need to enter quarantine if a housemate or close contact tests positive for the infection to coronavirus. They should schedule a PCR test on the fifth day of contact with that person.
  • People should limit their contact when they leave the house.
  • Keep 1.5 meters distance from others wherever you go.
  • Do not visit more than one other household per day.
  • Coronavirus self-tests should be used before visiting other people or receiving visitors.
  • Children under 12 must be separated from those over 70.
  • People aged 70 and over are asked to limit their contact as much as possible, including with children. They must continue to keep 1.5 meters away from anyone they come into contact with.
  • If you have symptoms of Covid-19, stay home, do not have guests and get tested as soon as possible.
  • Self-isolate if you test positive for coronavirus.
  • Ensure good circulation of fresh air inside.
  • Wash your hands often and well.
  • Stay at home as much as possible. If you go out, limit contact with others and stay 1.5 meters apart.
  • Funerals can take place with a maximum of 100 guests.

Travel abroad

  • There is no ban on traveling abroad.
  • Follow all rules in force at destination.
  • Travel warnings and advisories can change quickly, which may affect the rules for those returning to the Netherlands.

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