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.

Important rules:

  • 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.