Corona restrictions relaxed

Corona restrictions relaxed

With the  positive trend in new cases, the Dutch government is gradually relaxing lock down restrictions. Controlling the spread of the virus remains a top priority, however.

For this everyone must keep following the basis rules, such as keep: 1,5 m distance from others, stay at home if you have cold-like symptoms, and stay at home if a member of your household has a fever and/or shortness of breath.

And of course: wash your hands often, cough and sneeze into your elbow and use paper tissues and dispose of them immediately after use. Read all basic rules.


As of June 1, everyone in the Netherlands aged 12 and over who has mild symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested. Loss of smell or taste have been added to the list of symptoms that may indicate a coronavirus infection This is crucial to being able to track the spread of the virus.

If someone tests positive for coronavirus, the municipal health service (GGD) will carry out in-depth source and contact tracing. Tests can be requested by calling a number, that will be published on June 1st and will be listed here.

Bars, restaurants and theaters

Public places, such as bars, museums, sports facilities will reopen as of June 1st, but restrictions remain in place. The maximum number of visitors indoors will be limited and guests, indoors and outdoors will have to keep 1,5 distance at all times, except if they belong to the same household. In most cases you will need to make reservations.

Face masks

As of 1 June all passengers aged 13 and over will be required to wear a non-medical face mask on public transportation. This requirement does not apply in stations, on platforms and at stops. The fine for not wearing a mask is €95. Seat capacity will be limited to about half the number of regular seats.

Gyms, fitness centres, clubhouses, saunas, spas, casinos, amusement arcades and sex establishments may be opened at July 1st. This will be decided later in June.

Read more about what will and will not be possible as of next week in public places, education and international travel.

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