COVID-19: the Dutch steps after 11 May in simple language
On Wednesday 6 May, Prime Minister Mark Rutte talked about coronavirus on TV. These are the most important things he said:
Step by step
In the next few months more things will be allowed.
- People must still stay 1.5 metres apart.
If lots of people get sick, the steps below will be taken later.
11 May: step 1
- Primary schools, special schools and childcare will open. But children cannot go to primary school every day.
- Hairdressers and beauticians can work again. Pedicurists and physiotherapists can also work again. But you must make an appointment.
- You can play sports outside. But you must stay 1.5 metres away from other people.
- Libraries can open again.
1 June: step 2
- You must wear a face mask on the bus, tram, metro and train. Only use the bus, tram, metro or train if you really need to.
- Secondary schools will open again.
- Outside seating areas will open again.
- Restaurants, café and bars will open for up to 30 people. People must make a reservation.
- Cinemas will open for up to 30 people. People must buy a ticket in advance.
- Theatres and concert halls will open for up to 30 people. People must buy a ticket in advance.
- Museums will open. People must buy a ticket in advance.
1 July: step 3
- Campsites will open again. Showers and toilets at campsites will also be open.
- Cinemas, restaurants, bars, cafés, theatres and concert halls will open for up to 100 people.
- 1 September: step 4
- Fitness centres will open again.
- Playing sports inside and playing contact sports will be allowed.
- Sports matches and competitions can be held. Professional football matches can also be held. But without spectators.
- Always stay 1.5 metres away from other people.
- Do not go to busy places.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Wash your hands often with soap.
- If you have a cold, stay at home.
- If you have a fever or trouble breathing, the people you live with must also stay at home.
- Work from home if possible.