Dutch measures against coronavirus: basic rules for everyone

To prevent the virus from spreading it is important that everyone continues to follow the basic rules. The better we do this together, the less the virus can spread and the fewer restrictive measures will be necessary. So you must continue to follow the basic rules, even if you’ve been vaccinated. Vaccinated people can still infect others.

Basic rules for everyone

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
  • Stay 1.5 metres from others.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms: stay at home and do a self-test or get tested by the municipal health service (GGD) as soon as possible. Even if you've been vaccinated.
  • Ensure a good flow of fresh air indoors.

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.
  • Use paper tissues to blow your nose and discard them after use. Then wash your hands.

Stay 1.5 metres from others, including when visiting people and at work

If people are close to each other they can easily pass on the virus, even if they have been vaccinated. The following rules apply:

  • Everyone aged 18 and over must stay 1.5 metres from people they do not live with. Don’t shake hands; use other, safer ways of greeting people.
  • Stay 1.5 metres from others, including at locations where a coronavirus entry pass is required.
  • Work from home. If this is impossible: stay 1.5 metres apart at work.
  • Wear a facemask in places where this is required by law,, such as in shops and on public transport.

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

If you have symptoms, avoid infecting other people.

  • Stay at home and do a self-test or make an appointment to get tested by the municipal health service (GGD) as soon as possible, even if you’ve been vaccinated.
  • Even if your symptoms are only mild, like a runny nose.
  • Stay at home while you are waiting for your test results.
  • If the result of your GGD test is positive: stay at home and avoid contact with other people, even if they’ve been vaccinated.
  • If the result of your self-test is positive: get tested by the GGD as soon as possible.
  • If someone you live with has coronavirus, you must also self-quarantine, even if you’ve been vaccinated.
  • If you are unsure whether you need to self-quarantine, do the Quarantine Check.

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 in 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.