Dutch measures against coronavirus: additional measures
The government has put additional measures in place to ensure that we, as a society, get through this period as smoothly as possible.
Jobs and economy
Coronavirus is continuing to affect employment and the economy and the recession is unlikely to end very soon. The government has a support and recovery package for businesses and employees. A number of support measures that were due to end on 1 October 2020 were extended. The current package will run on into 2021 and is based on three pillars: support, help adapting to new circumstances, and investment.
- Support and recovery package for jobs and the economy: temporary financial arrangements for businesses and self-employed people, to help cover incomes, salaries and fixed costs, defer tax payments and make it easier to obtain credit.
- As of 1 October 2020, businesses, self-employed people and employees will have more certainty about the financial support available to them over the longer term. Stimulus will be provided for economic growth and people who lose their jobs will be able to get support in finding new work.
- Financial support is adjusted in line with specific circumstances. The higher a company’s lost turnover, the more support it can get.
- Additional support is available for certain sectors that have been affected particularly severely.
- Measures in the social domain will be available for people who lose their jobs, giving them better prospects of an income and new work. Measures include employment counselling, training or retraining, poverty reduction and debt management, and measures to combat youth unemployment.
- Investment measures will be taken with a view to stimulating economic growth.
- For healthcare workers specific guidelines apply about when they can go to work.
- Running your business and observing all the rules, like keeping 1.5 metres apart, is only possible if the rules and procedures are clear. That’s why the different sectors have drawn up protocols with basic rules that everyone in the sector must follow. These protocols can be found at Mijncoronaprotocol.nl (in Dutch).
- Banks have increased the transaction amount limit for contactless card payments to help prevent the virus spreading via PIN pads.
- Various social initiatives have been launched to help others at this time. These include:
- Ready2Help (Dutch), a network of Red Cross volunteers, is informing people from vulnerable groups about how they can protect themselves against coronavirus.
- NLdoet (Dutch) is bringing together volunteers and people who want help.
- Various helplines for older people: ANBO (+31 (0)34 846 6666), KBO-PCOB (+31 (0)30 340 0600) and the Netherlands Red Cross (+31 (0)70 445 5888).
- Coronavirus helpline for older people with migration backgrounds: +31 (0)30 340 0600.
- The Nietalleen.nl (Dutch) platform, set up by local organisations and churches, is bringing together those who are offering help, and those who need it.
- For initiatives in your area, see your municipality’s website.