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COVID-19 The Netherlands

A hard lockdown in the Netherlands that will certainly apply until 9 February 2021

Schools are closing and must switch to online education, almost all non-essential shops must close and venues such as cinemas and theaters.

People with a contact profession, such as hairdressers, physiotherapists and beauticians, cannot work for the time being. Inhabitants of the country are also asked to stay at home as much as possible.


The Netherlands is expected to have to deal with "a considerable set of measures" until April. That says Susan van den Hof of the RIVM. (19-01-2021)

    •    Do not shake hands.
    •    Wash your hands often with soap, for at least twenty seconds.
    •    Avoid crowds and if that doesn't work, go elsewhere.
    •    Keep 1.5 meters distance from other people.
    •    Cough and sneeze in your elbow. 
- Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposureto the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting

The structure of SARS-CoV-2. Credit: Scientific Animations™. Photo:

Check the corona figures

Taxi drivers survey by FNV, the impact of COVID-19 

Taxi drivers call it quits: "Many are close to despair." There is great uncertainty about the future among taxi drivers now that there are far fewer customers and some choose to stop. Almost a quarter of the taxi drivers at leasing company Leaseplan have handed in their contract for their car. A survey by FNV among more than 200 drivers shows that 71 percent expects to stop working as a driver within a year. Among drivers who work for services such as Uber, that percentage is slightly higher, 76 percent. Drivers are allowed to transport passengers with a plexi screen in the car, but demand has fallen sharply. There are hardly any tourists and major events have been canceled. (01-06-2020)


Transport by Train

Far fewer people boarded the train this year than usual. Due to the corona crisis, the number of passengers with the Dutch Railways is expected to be approximately 45 percent (minus 55%) this year compared to 2019. The NS reported on Monday 14 December 2020. 


New measures as of December 15th


Do not travel abroad, at least end-March 2021

The cabinet urgently advises not to travel abroad until mid-March, unless it is really necessary. 

Shops, culture and amusement parks

All non-essential stores will remain closed from midnight on Tuesday.  Supermarkets, butchers, bakers, drugstores, petrol stations and opticians will remain open, as will weekly markets.Transfer locations are closed. Think of amusement parks, casinos, cinemas, theaters and other cultural institutions.
Libraries will remain open for book collection and return. Community centers remain open to vulnerable people.

Gyms and contact professions

People with a contact profession, such as hairdressers and beauticians, cannot work for the time being. People with a healthcare profession, such as dentists and physiotherapists, are excluded from this. 

Saunas, gyms and swimming pools will close

Outside sports is still allowed, but with a maximum of two people at a distance of 1.5 meters. Team training and competition matches are no longer possible. Outdoor sports venues also remain open to people under the age of eighteen. They do not have to keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other.

Schools and childcare are closed

Primary and secondary schools will close on Wednesday and must then offer as much online education as possible.  Parents with vital professions can have their children cared for. These are parents who work in healthcare or for the police, for example.
Children in the exam year are allowed to go to school. Childcare must be closed, but may continue to care for children of parents with essential professions and vulnerable children. Higher education will also close and switch to online education. Practical education remains open.

Fewer guests at home

At home you can receive a maximum of two guests


Hotels and catering

Hotels remain open, but are no longer allowed to serve their guests. Room service in the rooms is also no longer allowed. The other catering establishments, including cafes and restaurants, will remain closed. You can still pick up food and drinks from the catering industry.

Top sport continues

The top sports competitions, including the Eredivisie in football, may continue, but without an audience.  That was already the case. 

Churches, mosques and places of worship

Places of worship such as churches and mosques will remain open. 

To travel

Public transport will continue to run, but is only intended for necessary journeys. For trips abroad, You are strongly advised not to book them until mid-March, travel only if they are strictly necessary. (15-12-2020)

Stay at home

Press conference & advice: stay at home as much as possible. The general advice of the cabinet is to stay at home as much as possible. "So go to the supermarket on your own and not shop for fun. Always ask yourself: do I really have to go outside?" Said Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Mandatory masks

From December 1: there is a national duty to mask in public indoor spaces such as shops, museums, restaurants and theaters. More about this will be announced by the cabinet shortly.


You are not slowing down the epidemic

Mortality rate will drop sharply after first vaccinations, but the spread of the virus will not. "It is mainly young people and middle-aged people who transmit the virus to others."  Alma Tostmann of the Radboudumc also warns against too high expectations.  "I want to prevent people from thinking that the danger has passed. Because if we do everything we want again, the virus could move to another part of society that is at risk of illness or death," says the epidemiologist." Even in the slightly younger layer of the population, people have underlying diseases, there are long-term corona patients and people end up in IC. "RIVM data shows that 90 percent of all registered corona deaths occur attribute to the age group 70+ (04-01-2021)

The increase in corona numbers continues

The RIVM reported 8,894 positive corona tests on Friday.  That is more than the average for the past seven days (6,861) and more than Thursday (8,793), when the highest number was reported in just over a month. (11-12-2020)


More than 10 percent of the Dutch population is now protected

When 60 to 70 percent is immune, it is called herd immunity. More than 10 percent of the Dutch population is currently resistant to the virus. About two million Dutch people are currently protected against the corona virus, because they have been infected before.  RIVM director Jaap van Dissel announced this on Wednesday during a technical briefing in the Lower House. (9-12-2020)

"It is really not going well with the infection figures, and also not in the hospitals," said Prime Minister Rutte.

According to the prime minister, we are at a crossroad. "Either together we ensure that the figures go in the right direction, or the figures continue to rise. Then I do not rule out that we have to take even stricter measures before Christmas." De Jonge (pub. Health) expects that the restrictive measures can only be partially released in the course of 2021.  "Until then, we have to be careful." (08-12-2020)


Possibly on the way to "third corona wave"

We may be heading for a third wave given the increasing number of infections. That's what Diederik Gommers, head of the intensive care department of Erasmus MC, said. It is difficult to provide an explanation for the increasing number of infections.  "Could it be because of Black Friday? Is it mobility? Are we not complying with the measures? Is it because of the cold? We don't know."  (8-12-2020)


In the past week, 43,103 positive corona tests were registered at the RIVM

That is more than nine thousand more than in the previous week (33,949).  According to the RIVM, this is a "worrying increase" and the number of positive tests per 100,000 inhabitants has increased in all safety regions. (8-12-2020)


Dutch government is considering special corona app with 'test passport'

The Ministry of Health is considering making a special app for the corona test. The app can be used to book a test, but can also contain a kind of certificate to prove that you have been tested negative. (30-11-2020)

What else was in the news


The Dutch government wants to oblige travelers arriving in the Netherlands from a corona risk area to demonstrate that they have been tested negative for the corona virus. That test must not be older than 48 hours. Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) writes this in a letter to Parliament on Wednesday 18 nov 2020.  This should make it easier for people who travel from risk areas to the Netherlands for a necessary journey. In addition, De Jonge wants to have travelers from those areas tested five days after arriving in the Netherlands. This is expected to happen even if they have no complaints that indicate the corona virus.  In this way, people for whom it is 'really necessary' to travel (so not for a holiday or a family visit) do not have to be quarantined for as long after they have arrived in the Netherlands. By drawing up the rules, the government hopes that this can be done without travelers from risk areas bringing the virus back with them. (18-11-2020)


The reproduction number (the R value) is still reliable, according to a spokesperson for the RIVM. The R-value is important to determine whether the corona virus is on the rise or not. If the R value is 1, then each person with a coronavirus infection will infect one other person. If the R value is lower than 1, the number of infections decreases. (18-11-2020)

Stock markets

European stock markets skyrocketed Monday afternoon 9-11-2020 after positive news about Pfizer's corona vaccine. The American stock exchange also opened much higher. According to the initial research results, that vaccine is 90 percent effective and that result is better than experts expected. The Guardian writes that the first people may receive the vaccine by the end of this year. The first doses are then intended for, for example, people in healthcare. (9-11-2020)

Partial lockdown NL

RIVM does not "rule out" that the Netherlands will also be in partial lockdown, in December. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) takes into account that the partial lockdown that has been started will also be in effect in December. RIVM boss Jaap van Dissel tells this in conversation with the NOS on Saturday. The cabinet hopes that after four weeks a trend break in the corona figures will be realized, so that easing can take place. (17-10-2020)


Public areas must close for two weeks, new measures as of November 3

This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Think of theaters, museums, casinos, cinemas, zoos, amusement parks, sex clubs and swimming pools. Shops may remain open and contact professions can also be carried out. Gyms also remain open, but individual group lessons are not allowed. The cabinet urges not to travel abroad until mid-January, unless it is really necessary.  For certain regions where the number of infections is highest, the cabinet is considering even stricter measures. This could include a curfew, further closure of the retail trade and the closure of schools. This regions are: Rotterdam Rijnmond, South-Holland and Twente. You can go outside, maximum two people. Press conference of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) (2-11-2020)

- In total, more than two thousand people infected with the corona virus are in hospital on Thursday 22-10-2020. There are 1,540 on the nursing wards and 463 on the ICs. Dutch hospitals have a total of 11,000 care beds and 1,150 IC beds. (22-10-2020)


Office occupancy rates

Due to Corona virus, over the past nine months, office occupancy rates in the five major cities have fallen by 39 percent. This is reported by consulting firm Cushman & Wakefield on Thursday.  Especially in Eindhoven and The Hague, office space changed users less often.  The national decline is 22 percent. (3-10-2020)


Breast milk

The breast milk of women who have become infected with the coronavirus contains important antibodies against the coronavirus. The discovery was made by researchers from the Emma Children's Hospital of Amsterdam UMC. The antibodies in breast milk were also still present after the milk was heated, the researchers report in a press release.  According to the researchers, this is important, because only after heating (pasteurization) the breast milk is usable for others. (18-08-2020)


Children can carry coronavirus in their noses

- (CNN) Children can carry coronavirus in their noses and throats for weeks even if they don't show any symptoms, which might explain how the virus can spread silently, researchers in South Korea reported Friday. (29-08-2020)


Corona is even more harmful than we already knew: it also affects the brain

Dutch researchers at the Amsterdam UMC have discovered that corona is even more harmful than we already knew: it also affects the brain. The disease can cause the immune system in the brain to run wild. The research is published today in the leading medical journal The Lancet Microbe. Immune cells (so-called T lymphocytes) were discovered that do not belong in the brain. They found these abnormalities in the entire brain and spinal cord in the deceased patients.  "These are cells that are normally excluded from the brain," says dr. Van der Valk.  "But in the covid-19 patients, we saw that they had left the bloodstream and entered the brain tissue. Then I know as a pathologist: here's something not ok. (26-09-2020)


The second corona wave

Was probably mainly caused by young people who brought the virus with them to the Netherlands after their holiday in the South of France or Spain.  This is the conclusion of the RIVM from research, the NOS writes.  The young people would have spread the virus further through parties and student houses.  This also infected older people, who spread the virus further through their work and family.  This is how the virus eventually ended up in nursing homes again, according to the RIVM. (3-10-2020)


Many households in financial difficulties

Decreasing income due to the corona crisis is leading to payment problems for many households. Workers whose income has fallen are often unable to cope with this properly, according to Nibud, which surveyed 2000 people about this. Flex workers and self-employed people in particular are feeling the consequences of the crisis. (20-08-2020).


Financial problems

Tens of thousands of households quickly run into financial problems after the loss of income, despite the social safety net of the WW and the Temporary bridging scheme for self-employed entrepreneurs (Tozo). This is revealed on Friday from a study by the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) in collaboration with the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). (10-09-2020)


Empty hotels

Horeca Netherlands expects major redundancies. The normally busy rooms, halls and corridors in transit the Mercure Amsterdam City Hotel are virtually empty.  It hurts manager Francis Windt.  "We don't have that many guests in the house at the moment. Before the crisis it went very well, but now it's dramatic. And that is emotionally quite heavy."  This Amsterdam hotel is certainly not the only one. Corona crisis is hitting the sector hard.

Business traveler

Bussines traveler traffic has almost come to a standstill, trade fairs and conferences have been canceled and tourists are still arriving only marginally. As a result, the sector is in the red. Thousands of layoffs many hotels are currently making a loss, says Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN), who conducted research since June. (08-09-2020)

Public transport 

The number of travelers who checked in for public transport in the last week of August was still 32 percent lower than on a comparable day a year earlier. At the height of the corona crisis, this was even 90 percent lower. Although the number of check-in transactions is slowly increasing again, there is still a barrier for many people. (08-09-2020)

Travel news

World: Find places in the world to go with the live global map. Want to know when you can visit your preferred destination? Sign up to get email updates when restrictions lift. (21-08-2020)

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