Dutch measures against coronavirus: basic rules for everyone

The information on this website may change following the press conference, held at 7 pm on 14 September.

Keep following the basic rules to control the spread of coronavirus. People can still infect each other, even when they have been vaccinated. Continue to wash your hands and keep your distance. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible. Ensure a good flow of fresh air, too. This will help prevent the virus from spreading.

Basic rules for everyone

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people.
  • If you have symptoms, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible.
  • Ensure a good flow of fresh air.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water. This will help prevent the virus from spreading.

  • Always do this when you get home or visit someone.
  • Touch your face as little as possible.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Don’t shake hands with others.

Stay 1.5 metres away from other people

If people are close to each other they can easily pass on the virus.

  • So you should keep your distance from people you do not live with, including relatives and friends.
  • Give others enough space.
  • Work from home, unless that is impossible.
  • Wear a face mask where required, such as on public transport and in planes.

COVID-19 symptoms? Stay home and get tested as soon as possible

If you have symptoms, avoid infecting other people.

  • Stay at home and make an appointment to get tested
  • Even if your symptoms are only mild, like a runny nose. 
  • Stay at home while you are waiting for your test results.

Ensure a good flow of fresh air

A good flow of fresh air is important. It is harder for the virus to spread in well-ventilated indoor spaces – at home, in shops, restaurants and bars, at school and at work.

  • At home, always keep a small window or trickle vent open.
  • Air rooms several times a day by opening doors and windows wide.
  • In shops, restaurants and bars, at school, at work and other places where there are a lot of people, keep windows open. Or make sure that the ventilation system is set so that enough outdoor air flows into the building.