Frequently asked questions about the approach to tackling coronavirus in the Netherlands

What are the basic rules that apply to everyone? Read the frequently asked questions about the approach to tackling coronavirus in the Netherlands and the rules that apply. 

What is the Dutch approach?

The Netherlands’ approach is aimed at keeping the virus under control as much as possible in order to protect vulnerable groups and make sure the healthcare system can cope. Good results have been achieved since March. Thanks to people complying with the measures, the numbers show a positive trend. However, it is vital that we stay in control of the virus.

Why is it now possible to relax the measures?

As a result of people staying 1.5 metres apart and respecting the other basic rules, it is now possible to play sports again, go out to eat and even attend events. However, it is important to realise that things won’t be like they were before. In many situations, restrictions are in place to ensure that people can follow the 1.5 metre rule and to ensure that source and contact tracing can be carried out if necessary.

What basic rules apply to everyone?

  • If you have one or more cold-like symptoms, such as sneezing, a sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, a mild cough, increased temperature, a fever and shortness of breath, or a sudden loss of taste or smell, stay home and get tested. Stay 1.5 metres away from other people.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Work from home if possible.
  • Avoid busy places and travel outside peak hours if possible.

And of course: cough and sneeze into your elbow, use paper tissues and dispose of them immediately after use, and avoid shaking hands.

What special advice applies to people in at-risk groups?

It is especially important for people who fall into an at-risk group to follow the basic rules. This includes staying 1.5 metres apart. Make clear arrangements and check before any visit whether anyone has symptoms. If a visitor or a person they want to visit has cold-like symptoms, a fever or shortness of breath, the visit should be postponed. Visits should take place outdoors if possible, because this is safer.

Why does the advice to work from home still apply?

The advice to work from home if possible is one of the basic rules in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It helps to reduce the number of people coming into contact with one another. In addition, since a lot of people live and work in different communities, it helps prevent cross-regional contact. Working from home also reduces the number of people using public transport.

Why might the rules be tightened up again?

The government can decide at any time to tighten up the rules again. A significant increase in the number of cases could be one reason to do this.

When will the general rules be reassessed?

The situation will be reassessed around 1 September. If the virus is still under control and circumstances allow, nightclubs and similar venues will be allowed to reopen again. Experts around the world are currently working to develop coronavirus medicines and vaccines. Eventually, this should make it possible to lift the general rules, such as the 1.5 metre rule.

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