Filter for Netherlands Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-16 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
The Minister of Justice and Security, Ferdinand Grapperhaus, has decided to ease the travel ban on the entry of partners from third countries engaged in a long-distance relationship with someone from the Netherlands, subject to certain conditions. See link for further details.
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2020-07-01 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
As of 1 July 2020, the Netherlands has lifted the travel ban for certain groups of travellers, allowing permanent (long-term) residents of the following countries to enter the Netherlands: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
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2020-06-15 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
On 15 June schools for secondary vocational education (MBO), institutions for higher professional education (HBO) and universities will reopen to a limited extent for exams, practical training and to provide support to vulnerable students.
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2020-06-08 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Primary schools will be open their regular hours from 8 June, unless the research currently being carried out shows that this is not safe.
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2020-06-08 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
From 8 June children will be able to attend out-of-school care (BSO) on the days stated in the contract with the childcare provider.
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2020-06-08 Out Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
From 8 June emergency childcare will be only available for children of parents who work evenings, nights or weekends in the healthcare sector (until 1 July).
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2020-06-02 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Secondary schools will reopen on 2 June. Schools will take measures to ensure that everyone can keep 1.5 metres apart. In practice, this means that not all pupils can attend school at the same time.
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2020-06-02 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Secondary schools for special education will reopen for all pupils on 2 June. These schools will also take measures to ensure that everyone can keep a distance of 1.5 metres. This will require a tailored approach and maintaining a distance will not always be possible at this type of school.
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2020-06-02 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
CHECK AGAIN CLOSER TO DATE: Secondary schools can begin making preparations for pupils to gradually return to school from Tuesday 2 June.
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2020-06-01 In Public health measures: Testing policy
From 1 June, anyone with mild symptoms that may point to coronavirus will be able to phone a national hotline and make an appointment to be tested by the municipal health service (GGD).
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2020-06-01 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
The wearing of non-medical face mask in public transport will be compulsory from June 1st.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Restaurants, bars and cafés can open under the following conditions: a maximum of 30 guests (so not counting staff); people must make a reservation; everyone must stay 1.5 metres apart (except people who live together); the business must assess possible health risks beforehand together with the customer.; There is no maximum number of people for outdoor seating areas, but all guests must sit at tables and people who do not live together must stay 1.5 metres apart.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can reopen under the following conditions
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Museums and heritage sites can reopen if people buy tickets in advance and the health risks are assessed beforehand. The maximum number of visitors depends on the building. People must stay 1.5 metres apart.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Schools of music and arts centres can admit up to 30 people to their buildings. People must stay 1.5 metres apart.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Use public transport for essential travel only. From 1 June passengers aged 13 and over will be required to wear a non-medical face mask on trams, buses, water buses, metros and trains. In stations, on platforms and at bus and tram stops face masks are not required, but people must stay 1.5 metres away from others. Passengers who do not wear a face mask after 1 June can be fined €95.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The government expects to be able to adapt the visiting policy for all care homes from 15 June.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Buildings that are open to the public can admit up to 30 people at a time, not counting staff. Here, too, people must stay 1.5 metres apart.
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2020-06-01 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
People are strongly advised to still keep 1.5 metres apart from any visitors to their home –indoors, in gardens and on balconies.
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2020-06-01 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Mink at all farms in the Netherlands will be screened for antibodies. In the interest of staff members’ health, it is important to gain a clear picture of the situation at all mink farms. Screening will be compulsory and will be coordinated by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). This is based on new research findings in the ongoing investigation into COVID-19 at mink farms suggest there has been a transmission of new coronavirus from mink to human.
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2020-05-11 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Upon opening of primary schools, the size of classes at primary schools will be halved. Pupils will go to school approximately 50% of the time. They will spend the other 50% of their school hours doing distance learning. There is an excption for pupils of primary schools for special education - they may attend school every day.
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2020-05-11 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Only use public transport if there is no alternative. Avoid rush hours and keep as far apart as possible.
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2020-05-11 In Public health measures: General recommendations
You are advised to wear a non-medical face mask on public transport. From 1 June this will be compulsory.
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2020-05-11 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Primary schools, including special primary schools, and childcare centres for children aged 0 to 4 (including childminders) will reopen on 11 May. Children who normally go to out-of-school care (BSO) can do so on the days they attend school.
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2020-05-11 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Parents are asked to take their children to school or childcare on foot or by bike wherever possible. This will prevent public transport becoming crowded.
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2020-05-11 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Adults can play sports outdoors from 11 May as long as they can stay 1.5 metres apart. Matches and competitions are not allowed, and nor is the use of shared changing rooms. Showers may only be taken at home.
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2020-05-11 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Most people in contact-based roles will be allowed to perform their jobs again. This includes driving instructors, medical and paramedical professionals (dieticians, massage therapists, occupational therapists, prosthodontists, etc.), hair and beauty professionals (hairdressers, beauticians, pedicurists, etc.) and alternative medicine practitioners (acupuncturists, homeopaths, etc.). They should stay 1.5 metres apart from their clients wherever possible. They should see clients by appointment only and assess possible health risks beforehand together with the client.
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2020-05-11 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Libraries will reopen to the public and take measures to ensure that library users can stay 1.5 metres apart.
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2020-05-05 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Special shopping hours should be allocated where possible for vulnerable groups.
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2020-04-29 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Children aged 12 and under will be allowed to play sports together outdoors under supervision.
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2020-04-29 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Young people aged 13 to 18 will be allowed to play sports together outdoors under supervision, but must stay 1.5 metres apart.
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2020-04-29 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Top-level athletes will be allowed to resume training sessions at dedicated training facilities if they maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others.
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2020-04-29 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
From 29 April people aged over 70 who live independently may be visited occasionally by the same one or two people.
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2020-04-21 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The ban on events that require a permit has therefore been extended to 1 September 2020.
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2020-03-31 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The Netherlands has extended all of it’s covid-19 regualtions until the 28th April.
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2020-03-24 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Casinos are now subject to the same restrictions as establishments serving food and drink, and will be closed from 24 March 2020.
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2020-03-23 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All gatherings are prohibited until 1 June, even gatherings of less than 100 people. This is a tightening of the existing ban (that applied up to 6 April). An exception is made for funerals and religious weddings.
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2020-03-23 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Gatherings of 3 or more people that do not keep a 1.5 meter distance are forbidden. This does not apply to children or to people in the same household, such as families.
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2020-03-23 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Public transport and shops are required to take measures to ensure that people keep a good distance. For instance, by limiting the number of people allowed in the shop at the same time.
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2020-03-23 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Limit the visitors at home to three visitors.
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2020-03-23 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Businesses in contact-based industries, such as hair salons and beauty parlours, must be closed until 6 April.
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2020-03-23 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Mayors will have the option of enacting an emergency bye-law, to more easily and more quickly initiate enforcement activities. Mayors can also order specific locations to be closed, including parks, beaches and campsites.
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2020-03-20 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Temporary Emergency Bridging Measure for Sustained Employment (NOW,Noodfonds Overbrugging Werkgelegenheid) will provide financial help for employers to help pay their employees’ wages. You can claim a max. of 90% of wages for up to 3 months with possibility of extension. Can be claimed from 1st of march, but was implemented somewhere around 20th.
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2020-03-20 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Self-employed professionals can apply for an extra, temporary benefit for self-employed professionals (Bbz) soon. The requirements for applying will be relaxed. Not implemented YET. Date of announcement 17/03/2020.
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
closure of schools and nurseries from 15 March to 6 April
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2020-03-16 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The SME credit guarantee (BMKB) scheme will be extended to the 1 April 2021, to help SMEs that are affected by the coronavirus secure bank guarantees and bridge financing.
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2020-03-15 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All bars, cafes, restaurants, sports clubs, gyms, saunas, sex clubs and coffee shops to close until 6th April. Takeaway/meal deliveries remain permitted. Coffee shops allowed to do collective orders.
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2020-03-15 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Everyone in the Netherlands is requested to keep at least 1.5 metres’ distance from each other
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2020-03-12 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
limit of public gatherings to 100 persons until 31 March
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2020-03-06 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
residents with symptoms requested to self-quarantine for 14 days
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