Self-quarantining (staying at home) due to coronavirus

Always stay at home if you have any symptoms that may point to coronavirus. You should also stay at home if you have been in a situation where you had a high risk of being infected. This will help stop the virus spreading. Remember: it can take between 2 and 10 days for symptoms to appear, and not everyone with coronavirus gets symptoms.

Self-quarantine check

Find out if you need to self-quarantine and when you should get tested at

What to do in the following situations:

Self-quarantine rules

The following rules apply to everyone during self-quarantine:

  • Only family members or other people that you live with may be at home with you. You must stay 1.5 metres away from them as much as possible. This means no hugging, kissing or sex.
  • Nobody may visit you, except for medical purposes (for example, a doctor or a GGD official).
  • If you need medical assistance, do not go to the doctor or the hospital, but phone the doctor instead.
  • Ask other people to do grocery shopping for you or order your groceries online.
  • You can sit outside if you have a garden or balcony.
  • Do not go to your place of work, but work from home. If you are a healthcare professional you may, only in exceptional cases and if you don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19, go to work. Discuss this with the municipal health service (GGD) or your company doctor.
  • Do not use public transport or taxis.

Help and support during quarantine

If there is no-one nearby who can help you with shopping or collecting your children from school, for example, you can contact your municipality for support. You can also call the Red Cross national helpline (+31 (0)70 4455 888) to find out if help is available in your neighbourhood.

Brochure on self-quarantining

The brochure Help and support when self-quarantining contains information about where you can get help if you’re self-quarantining because of coronavirus. 

Being quarantined in hospital

If you have coronavirus, you should self-quarantine at home. In the future, people who refuse to self-quarantine at home may, in exceptional cases, and following a decision taken by the head of the safety region, be made to quarantine in hospital. Under the Public Health Act, the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport must designate a specific hospital to receive these people. The minister has issued a ministerial order making University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) the designated hospital in such cases.

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