The number of people in the Netherlands becoming infected with coronavirus is falling slightly. This shows the lockdown is starting to work. Our next task is to bring about far larger and quicker reductions in daily infection rates, so that the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and intensive care units also comes down. The government has therefore decided that the Netherlands will remain in lockdown until at least 9 February inclusive. This means we must have as little contact with others as possible, so that the virus cannot spread as quickly. That way we can ensure healthcare services remain available to all. This is especially important given the emergence of new variants of the coronavirus, which the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) is now studying. The government has also asked the OMT to examine the potential benefits of more far-reaching measures such as a curfew.
Vaccination against COVID-19 has now started in the Netherlands. That means that we are now entering a new phase in this crisis. But unfortunately this does not mean that we can lift all the measures currently in place. Most people are still at risk and many people in the Netherlands are still infectious. The measures cannot therefore be relaxed in any way if we are to combat the spread of coronavirus. The basic rules can only be set aside once the vast majority of people in the Netherlands have been vaccinated.
Overview of measures
Until at least 9 February 2021 the current measures will continue to apply:
- Stay at home. You should only go outside to buy essentials, to get some fresh air, to walk the dog, to go to work if you cannot work from home or to provide essential informal care or support.
- Only receive visitors at home if this is absolutely necessary. If you decide to have visitors, you are urgently advised to receive no more than 2 visitors aged 13 or over.
- Work from home. Only people whose presence is essential to operational processes and who cannot do their work from home can go to work.
- Only go outside with members of your household, on your own or with 1 other person.
- Some locations are closed:
- Shops (except those selling essentials like food)
- Locations where contact-based professions are carried out, such as hairdressers, nail salons and sex establishments.
- Theatres, concert halls, cinemas, casinos, etc.
- Zoos, amusement parks, etc.
- Indoor sports facilities, gyms, swimming pools, saunas, spas etc.
- Restaurants and cafes
- Hotels are open, but hotel restaurants are closed and room service is not available.
- Adults can exercise alone or with one other person, and only outside. Children aged 17 and under may take part in team sports and play matches against children at the same club, but only outside.
- Use public transport for essential travel only.
- Do not travel abroad and do not books trips abroad until 31 March.
- Only medical professionals and allied health professionals may carry out work that involves close contact with clients or patients.
Until at least 8 February, educational institutions will provide most teaching remotely. Secondary schools can offer practical training, school exams for pupils in the upper years and lessons for pupils with upcoming final exams on site. Secondary vocational schools (MBO), higher professional education institutions (HBO) and universities can offer exams and practical training on site. All educational institutions can make exceptions to provide support to vulnerable children or students. Daycare and out-of-school care centres will remain closed during this period.
The OMT will be issuing advice on the effects of the ‘British variant’ of coronavirus on children. On the basis of this advice the government will decide if and when primary schools and childcare centres can reopen.
For children whose parents work in critical sectors, emergency childcare is available at their primary school, daycare centre and/or out-of-school care centre. Parents are urged to use emergency childcare only if they have no other option.