Changes to the coronavirus control measures from 11 May 2020

Together we will continue working to control coronavirus in the Netherlands. Handwashing, staying at home as much as possible, working from home, keeping a distance from others – all these measures advised by experts have been extended.

Frequently asked questions about the relaxation of measures from 11 May 2020

What measures were relaxed from 11 May 2020?

  • Everyone can now participate in sports and activities outdoors, including instruction, provided they stay 1.5 metres from others. The distancing rule does not apply to children aged 12 and under. Matches, competitions and the use of shared changing rooms and showers are still prohibited. Children and teenagers younger than 18 must still be supervised during sports and activities outdoors.
  • Since 11 May 2020 most people in contact-based roles have been allowed to resume their work. This includes driving instructors, health-related professionals (dieticians, masseurs, occupational therapists, prosthodontists, etc.), hair and beauty professionals (beauticians, hairdressers, pedicurists, etc.) and alternative medicine practitioners (acupuncturists and homeopaths, etc.). Sex workers may not yet start work. If the public health situation allows, they may be able to start work again on 1 September 2020.
  • Libraries are open and have taken measures to ensure that visitors can keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
  • Primary schools, including special primary schools, and childcare providers will reopen on 11 May.

What changes are likely from 1 June 2020?

  • People may meet outside as long as they remain 1.5 metres apart.
  • Buildings that are open to the public can admit up to 30 people at a time, not counting staff. Here, too, people must stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • Restaurants, bars and cafés can open at 12.00 on 1 June under the following conditions:
    • a maximum of 30 guests (so not counting staff);
    • people must make a reservation;
    • everyone must stay 1.5 metres apart (except people who live together);
    • the business must assess possible health risks beforehand together with the customer.
  • Restaurants, cafés and bars may reopen outdoor seating areas at 12.00 on 1 June. There is no maximum number of people for outdoor seating areas, but all guests must sit at tables and people who do not live together must stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can reopen under the following conditions:
    • a maximum of 30 audience members per auditorium;
    • people must make a reservation;
    • the venue must assess possible health risks beforehand together with the customer;
    • everyone must maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others.
  • Museums and heritage sites can reopen if people buy tickets in advance and the health risks are assessed beforehand. The maximum number of visitors depends on the building. People must stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • Passengers aged 13 and over will be required to wear a non-medical face mask on trams, buses, water buses, metros and trains. In stations, on platforms and at bus and tram stops face masks are not required. You can buy or make your own non-medical face masks.

When will primary schools reopen?

Primary schools, including special primary schools, and daycare centres, out-of-school care centres (BSO) and childminders will be open their regular hours from 8 June. Unless the research currently being carried out shows that this is not safe.

When will secondary schools (for special education) reopen?

Secondary schools, including secondary schools for special education, will reopen for all pupils on 2 June. Schools will take measures to ensure that everyone can keep a distance of 1.5 metres. In practice, this means that not all pupils can attend school at the same time. 

When will schools, institutions and universities be able to open for exams and practical training?

On 15 June schools for secondary vocational education (MBO), institutions for higher professional education (HBO) and universities will reopen to a limited extent for exams, practical training and to provide support to vulnerable students.

What changes are likely from 1 July 2020?

If we keep the virus under control, shared toilets and shower blocks at campsites and holiday parks, and at public parks, nature areas and beaches can reopen on 1 July. The government also hopes that the maximum number of visitors to cinemas, restaurants, cafés and bars and cultural institutions can be increased to 100. This increase would also apply to the maximum number of participants at organised gatherings, such as church services, weddings and funerals.

What changes are likely from 1 September 2020?

If the virus remains under control, gyms, saunas, health spas, clubhouses, cannabis cafés, casinos and sex establishments will reopen. People of all ages will be allowed to take part in contact sports and indoor sports. Competitive sports events, including professional football matches, can take place without spectators.

Why can’t restaurants, cafés and bars open for the entire Whitsun weekend (30 May- 1 June)?

Opening restaurants, cafés and bars during a sunny weekend when people are off work would draw too many people. This would cause many extra movements and put a lot of extra pressure on the authorities enforcing the measures.

Does the maximum of 30 people indoors, which applies from 1 June 2020, also apply to buildings like shops, libraries and cultural institutions?

This rule does not apply to markets, shops, libraries, zoos, amusement parks, museums and cultural institutions. The head of the safety region decides when they can open and under what conditions.

From 1 June 2020, what types of gatherings with more than 30 people in one indoor space are allowed?

  • Gatherings required by law, such as parliamentary and municipal council meetings and some shareholders’ meetings, can be held online. Physical gatherings are permitted but must not exceed 100 people. Participants must be able to stay at least 1.5 metres away from one another.
  • Gatherings necessary to ensure the continued daily operation of institutions, businesses and other organisations are permitted but must not exceed 100 people. Participants must be able to stay at least 1.5 metres away from one another.

How much is the fine for not wearing a non-medical face mask on public transport?

The fine can be up to €95.

Can I get a drink in the football clubhouse?

No. Non-commercial clubhouses, for example at sports clubs, will remain closed for now.

Can my choir or wind instrument ensemble start rehearsing again?

Choirs and wind instrument ensembles are advised to await the additional advice from medical experts and not to start rehearsing together yet.