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.
Situations in which you need to stay at home
In some situations, to stop the virus spreading, you will need to stay at home and not receive visitors. This is called self-quarantining. If you have coronavirus you must self-isolate. This means staying at home, not receiving visitors and having as little contact as possible with the people you live with. How long you need to stay at home for, and what the rules are, depends on the situation.
You must stay at home in the following situations:
- you have symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19);
- you have coronavirus;
- someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19 that include a fever and/or shortness of breath;
- someone you live with has coronavirus;
- you have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus;
- you recently travelled to the Netherlands from abroad;
you have received a notification from the CoronaMelder app.
What to do in the following situations:
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.