Corona measures 13 November - 4 December

Since 13 November, new measures are in place in the Netherlands to diminish the number of coronavirus infections. Check which rules apply to your business.

Financial support measures

To compensate entrepreneurs who are affected by the measures outlined in this article, the government has drawn up a set of support schemes:

  • The Reimbursement fixed costs, known as the TVL, returns for the 4th quarter of 2021. The TVL replaces the VLN (Reimbursement fixed costs for night closure) scheme. 
  • Organisers of events can apply for compensation for cancelled events under 2 schemes, the TRSEC and the ATE.
  • Cultural and agricultural organisations can continue to claim compensation for loss of turnover.
  • Sports organisations, both amateur and professional, will be able to claim compensation for loss of ticket sales income.

The exact details of these support schemes are still under revision.

General

  • Observe the 1.5 metres’ distance rule in places where no corona entry pass is required.
  • If a corona entry pass is not required, wearing a face mask is.
  • Non-essential shops and services, like clothing stores, contact professions, and casinos may open until 18:00 hours.
  • Hospitality businesses and essential shops, like supermarkets, pet food stores, and drugstores may open until 20:00 hours.
  • Events can take place with assigned seating and a corona entry pass until 18:00 hours. A maximum of 1250 persons is allowed.
  • This closing time requirement does not apply to artistic and cultural performances in for example cinemas, theatres, and concert venues.
  • No spectators are allowed at sports matches, amateur or professional. Practicing sports is allowed.
  • These corona measures are in place until at least Saturday, 4 December.

Corona entry pass

The corona entry pass is required in the following locations:
  • Hospitality businesses, both indoors and outdoors (terraces).
  • Casinos.
  • Cultural facilities, such as cinemas, concert venues, and theatres.
  • Organised sports in indoor locations. This means gyms and swimming pools, ages 18 and up. Participants in sports matches must also present a corona entry pass.
  • Seated events, like festivals, parties, and performances.
  • Business events, such as trade shows and conferences.
  • Locations where visitors are constantly on the move, like museums and monuments.
  • Events where visitors are constantly on the move, like fairgrounds and certain sports events.
  • Organised artistic and cultural activities, such as music lessons and painting lessons. Or singing, dancing, and theatrical rehearsals.

No corona entry pass

  • No corona entry pass is required at takeaway restaurants.
  • Weddings and funerals, although officially classed as events, are excluded from the corona entry pass requirement.
  • Organised youth activities for children up to age 18 are excluded from the corona entry pass requirement.
Note:
  • In most locations, the corona entry pass is required for visitors aged 13 and up. It is not known for how long the corona entry pass will be a condition for admission. Testing remains free of charge, for now.
  • Businesses are responsible for checking vistors’ and customers’ corona entry passes. If a business fails to check customers or visitors, it risks being shut down.
  • Keep 1.5 metres’ distance in places where the corona entry pass is not required.
  • In places where the corona entry pass is not required, visitors must wear a face mask.

Face masks

Wearing a face mask is mandatory:

  • In public and commercial passenger transport and surrounding areas. For instance stations, platforms, bus stops, and airports.
  • In public spaces, like supermarkets or other stores.
  • In contact professions, except where this is impossible. For instance, when undergoing a facial, the client can take off their face mask. Sex workers are also axcluded from the face mask requirement.
  • In professional and college education, when moving around.
  • In locations where there is no corona entry pass requirement.

Work from home

The advice to work from home has been made more urgent: work from home, unless it is impossible.

Hospitality

  • Hospitality businesses may open from 06:00 – 20:00 hours. This includes discotheques and nightclubs. 
  • Health checks are mandatory. 
  • The corona entry pass and assigned seating are mandatory, both indoors and outdoors. Exceptions are roadside restaurants, takeaway restaurants, and catering services at funeral parlours. 
  • There is no maximum to the number of visitors. 
  • Entertainment is permitted. 
  • Discotheques and nightclubs can apply for the TVL, Reimbursement fixed costs.

Education

  • In all higher education facilities (MBO, HBO, universities, colleges, etc.) face masks must be worn in the hallways and public spaces of the building. 
  • Each space may contain no more than 75 persons (excluding staff members). This maximum does not apply to set tests and exams. 
  • In schools, the rule is: if a pupil is infected with coronavirus, only children who test positive or have corona-related complaints have to self-isolate at home. Not the entire class.

Travel

  • The quarantine rules for travel to the Netherlands have changed. For instance, travellers from the UK or USA no longer need to self-isolate.  
  • Travelling abroad is allowed. If you are not fully vaccinated, you can take a free test. The government also advises to take a corona test upon your return to the Netherlands. 

Travel within the EU

  • All EU countries have a yellow or green code, and this makes it easier to travel. Travellers who return from a ‘yellow country’ need a corona entry pass, in other words a QR code generated in the CoronaCheck app (or on the CoronaCheck website).  
  • Check Nederlandwereldwijd.nl (in Dutch) for current travel advice per country.
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