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Current Restrictions in Netherlands

The Netherlands has been forced to take on more severe restrictions as COVID numbers have increased significantly. Living in The Hague, we're in one of the hotspots. From the NOS in English service, here are the latest rules, published this week.

NEW MEASURES ANNOUNCED AT PRESS CONFERENCE

GROUPS

  • At home, you're allowed to have a maximum of 3 guests over per day.

  • In inside spaces where people sit down, a maximum of 30 people is allowed

  • Inside and outside, a group should consist of no more than 4 people from different households

  • A household has no maximum amount of people

DAILY LIFE

  • Work from home, unless absolutely impossible

  • For those 13 years and older: wear a face mask in public inside spaces and public transport

  • In secondary education, MBO and higher education, everyone should wear a face mask outside of classes

  • All food and beverage facilities close. Take-away will remain possible

  • Exceptions are: hotels and their guests, funeral homes and airports past the security check

  • Locations with a combined function will close the part with a catering function

  • Retail stores close by 8:00 PM the latest. Shopping events will be forbidden

  • Supermarkets are an exception to this rule.

  • Alcohol and soft drugs will not be sold or delivered between 8:00 PM and 7 AM

  • You are not allowed to consume or carry alcohol or soft drugs in public spaces between 8 PM and 7 AM

  • Events are forbidden, except from: Food markets, Trade fairs and conferences, Cinemas and Theatres, Matches, Demonstrations, gatherings and meetings as referred to in the Public Events Act

  • In the retail sector, agreements are made about strict compliance with the protocols. If it gets too busy, or if the ground rules are not followed, (part of) a location can be closed. There will be stricter enforcement and control.

  • At so-called 'walking' locations, such as libraries and museums, visits must take place on the basis of a reservation per period, with the exception of retail trade and markets for food-related products.

SPORTS

  • For everyone over 18, sports are only allowed at a distance of 1.5 meters and only individually or in a team with no more than 4 people. Competitions are not allowed.

  • Exceptions are: top athletes with a status in designated locations (such as Papendal) and Football players (including other staff members within the bubble) of the Eredivisie

  • For children up to 18, sports within a team setting and competitions are only allowed with members of the same sports club

  • Next to the cafeteria, showers and dressing rooms will be closed

TRAVEL

  • Travel as little as possible

  • If you go on a holiday, stay on your holiday address as much as you can.

  • Limit the amount of holiday trips and avoid crowds.

  • For holidays abroad: follow the guidelines and travel advice by the ministry of foreign affairs

There's been a lot of discussion regarding masks. At one point, the government stated that mask usage would be MANDATORY inside stores and the vendors would have to enforce the rule. That led to an outcry by store owners who are struggling with fewer clients already... and that "recommendation" was withdrawn. The only "mask restriction" that has been enforced is on public transportation. Yesterday, the day after this announcement, perhaps 20% of folks walking in The Hague were wearing masks. According to local news, 67% of the local populace feel that there should be STRICTER regulations put in place by the government to reduce the pandemic numbers.

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Sports

Next to the cafeteria, showers and dressing rooms will be closed

I don't understand that one? What does it mean?

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Good information, Ron. I was reading on dutchnews.nl regarding a compulsory mask mandate, "...the government has been working on a temporary Covid-19 law. After a huge amount of debate and amendments, this has just passed the lower house and is expected to be voted on in the senate on October 27." Same on Dutch-language news sites?

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Sports: Next to the cafeteria, showers and dressing rooms will be closed
Nigel: I don't understand that one? What does it mean?

I interpreted it to mean that at Sport or Recreation facilities, in addition to the Cafeteria (Which is closed under general rules) Showers and dressing rooms must also be closed.

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All food and beverage facilities close. Take-away will remain possible
Exceptions are: hotels and their guests, funeral homes and airports past the security check

Why are funeral homes listed with food and beverage facilities ??!!

Anyway it looks the Dutch are imposing some serious measures. In his address last night, Macron referred to the actions being taken by neighbors — including the Netherlands — as an attempt to indicate that France is not the only one still trying to catch up on this fight.

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Why are funeral homes listed with food and beverage facilities ??!!

otherwise the funeral home can't serve drinks and food after the service. That used to be mainly coffee and cake but nowadays alcoholic drinks and snacks seem to be more popular