Reopening society step by step

The COVID-19 crisis is not yet over. The virus is unpredictable, and new variants continue to emerge. We are currently seeing an upsurge in the number of infections. Although this increase is not yet affecting our ability to protect vulnerable people and the level of pressure on the healthcare sector, the government is concerned about these developments. The decision has therefore been taken that from 10 July additional measures are required for this summer.

Steps of the reopening plan

The government intends to open up society step by step. There are 5 steps.

Step 1

The first step was taken on 28 April 2021. On that date, shops and outdoor seating areas at restaurants and cafés were allowed to reopen. And the curfew was lifted. 

Step 2

The second step was taken on 19 May. On that date, gyms and music schools were allowed to reopen. And visits to amusement parks, open air museums and open air theatres were permitted once more. 

Step 3

The third step was taken on 5 June. From that date, restaurants, cafés and cultural institutions were allowed to reopen, the maximum number of visitors at home was raised from 2 to 4, and groups as large as 4 people were allowed.

Step 4

The fourth step was taken on 26 June, when most of the measures were lifted. The basic rules however continue to apply

The government will decide on the basis of the epidemiological situation how and when the final step of the reopening plan can be taken. This will involve lifting the 1.5 metre rule and the other basic rules. As yet, no date has been determined for this step. Even after this last step has been taken, it will remain important for people to observe the hygiene rules and to get tested and stay at home if they have symptoms.