Dutch measures against coronavirus

The Netherlands’ approach is aimed at keeping the virus under control as much as possible in order to protect vulnerable groups and make sure the healthcare system can cope. The coronavirus situation in the Netherlands continues to be a significant cause for concern. If we are not careful, we will soon lose all the ground we have gained. We can only get coronavirus under control if we all follow the basic rules.

Control over the virus

It is vital that we stay 1.5 metres away from others and continue to follow the basic rules, especially at home and at private gatherings. The number of visitors that people can receive at home is limited to 6, not counting children under 13. Make sure all your visitors can stay 1.5 metres apart from people who are not members of their household. Make sure your visitors follow the basic hygiene rules. 

Everyone with symptoms should stay at home and get tested. This will help prevent the majority of further infections. If you test positive, the GGD will carry out source and contact tracing. This will allow us to gain a clearer picture of the virus in the Netherlands, so we can take fast, targeted action to prevent it spreading further.

Keeping our distance means more freedom

As a result of people staying 1.5 metres apart and respecting the other basic rules, it is now possible to play sports again, go out to eat and even attend events. The rules are now being made more general so that they can be applied in a wide range of contexts. The main distinction is between the rules that apply outside and the rules that apply inside. The aim of this is to make things clearer for everyone. It makes life easier for businesses and also helps sectors and officials enforce regulations. In many cases, it is up to sectors to decide how they can best follow the general rules.

Government working together with organisations and businesses

The basic rules, such as working from home wherever possible, avoiding busy places and staying 1.5 metres apart, apply to everyone. These rules also apply in shopping streets, parks and recreation areas. To ensure everyone can follow these rules, the government is working together with businesses and organisations, including employers’ federations,  trade unions, sector associations and Dutch rail company NS.

Every business is different. For smaller shops and restaurants the 1.5 metre rule means they can admit fewer people. Other businesses have small workspaces or narrow corridors. It is impossible for the government to take decisions or introduce measures that provide a solution for every business and answer everyone’s questions. Solutions need to be tailored, and the government is willing to provide input and support where possible.

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