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.

  • In order to keep society running, a number of exemptions apply to people who work in crucial sectors and critical processes:
    • They can make use of emergency childcare offered by schools or childcare centres. This allows key workers to go to work and keep society up and running.
    • They can go to work if they have mild, cold-like symptoms, such as a sore throat, a runny nose, sneezing, a mild cough or a mild fever below 38 degrees Celsius, or when someone they live with has a fever above 38 degrees Celsius or shortness of breath. They should consult with their employer. For healthcare workers specific guidelines apply.
    • It is important that even key workers stay at home if they themselves have cold-like symptoms and a fever above 38 degrees Celsius and/or shortness of breath.
  • From June, everyone aged 12 and over who has coronavirus symptoms can be tested. This is necessary in order to relax restrictions.
  • Emergency measures have been put in place to protect jobs and the economy. These include temporary financial arrangements for businesses and self-employed people, to help cover incomes and salaries, defer tax payments and make it easier to obtain credit. These measures also go some way to supporting the cultural and creative sectors.
  • Truck drivers’ rest and working times have been adjusted so that supermarkets remain well stocked.
  • 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 from migrant 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.