This page is updated every Tuesday as official figures are released from the Dutch health authority (RIVM).
Current figures COVID-19: January 13 – January 19, 2021
Total confirmed cases of coronavirus to date:
(+38,776 in last week)
Total deaths in the Netherlands to date
(+608 in last week)
Hospitalisations to date
(+1,600 in last week)
Last updated: 15:08, January 19, 2021.
Note: Each Tuesday, the numbers for the preceding week become accurate. Usually, Tuesdays have the highest numbers of the week because of this. Weekends and public holidays can all cause delays in testing data.
What national measures are currently in place?
On Monday, December 14, 2020, Prime Minister Mark Rutte addressed the nation to announced that the Netherlands will go into a hard lockdown. On January 12, 2021, this was extended to last until at least February 9.
On January 20, Rutte took the stage again to announce stricter measures for the lockdown period. Group gatherings have been reduced again and some major travel bans were put in place.
A curfew of 8:30 PM to 4:30 AM is also likely to be put into effect from January 23, but this depends on whether it is passed through parliament or not.
Current measures in effect
- Primary and secondary schools will close and revert back to online education as much as possible. A few exceptions will apply, such as when undergoing exams.
- Daycare must also close. Child care options will remain only for parents with essential professions.
- All non-essential stores will close. This means all clothing stores, speciality shops, and garden centres, for example. Essential stores that may remain open include supermarkets and other food shops, banks, and pharmacies.
- Contact professions must also take a hiatus. This includes sex workers, hairdressers, tattoo artists, etc. Medical professionals such as dentists and dermatologists may continue to work.
3. Public locations
- So-called “transfer locations,” must close. These include public spaces such as theatres, museums, zoos, and amusement parks.
- Hotels remain open, although they may no longer serve food and drinks to their guests. Libraries may also remain open but only for checking out and returning books.
4. Groups of people
- The maximum number of visitors in the home is one per day.
- Outside, the maximum group size has been reduced from four to two people.
- The number of people allowed to attend a funeral will be reduced from 100 to 50, effective from January 25, 2021.
5. Sports and outdoor activities
- Gyms, saunas, and swimming pools will close. You may still go outside for fresh air and exercise. Any outdoor activities should be performed solo as much as possible.
- Do not travel abroad unless absolutely necessary. Domestic travel is still possible for those who wish to go to a cabin or bungalow, provided the same measures apply as in the home.
- Travellers from outside the EU are required to show a negative test result and signed statement. This takes effect from 6 PM on Tuesday, December 15. The requirement does not apply to Dutch and EU residents and their family members who come from outside the EU.
- All flights from the UK, South Africa and South America will be banned from January 23, 2021. This excludes medical travel, repatriating Dutch citizens, and cargo.
7. Work from home
- The cabinet has reiterated very firm advice to “work from home at all times.”
One week before the measures are set to expire, the cabinet will announce how they intend to move forward.
Below are the standard measures that are additionally in effect:
- After 8 PM, alcohol and weed will be banned from consumption in public spaces.
- Amateur contact sports are no longer allowed. This applies to those above the age of 18. However, professional sports are still allowed so long as there is no audience.
- Events are banned, from festivals to neighbourhood barbeques.
- There will be special grocery shopping hours for vulnerable people. Where 1.5 meters is not possible and corona measures aren’t followed, stores can be closed. Only go shopping when necessary.
- Face masks are to be worn by everyone above the age of 13 in public sectors. This is legally enforced as of December 1. Those who fail to wear a mask inside public spaces will be fined €95 but it will not affect their criminal record.
The government has listed some minor exceptions to the rules.
- In addition to the national measures in place, municipalities can also implement their own measures. For example, Amsterdam has requested that people only come to the capital if they absolutely have to — not for a day trip.
Risk Level System
The government has created a four-level risk assessment for measures in different parts of the Netherlands.
- Level One — Vigilant: subject to normal measures
- Level Two — Worrying: infections are rising, worrying situation with additional regional measures that would help to stop the spread.
- Level Three — Serious: Strict measures to protect vulnerable people and manage the healthcare system.
- Level Four — Very Serious: A very large number of people are infectious, requiring more severe national measures. The next stage is a lockdown.
What should I do if I think I have coronavirus?
If you do have symptoms you should self-quarantine. If you have a fever or a cough, you and your housemates should stay home for 72 hours after the symptoms have stopped. You should also get a coronavirus test (see next section).
Have groceries and other essentials delivered or dropped off by friends or family. If you have no choice but to go outside with symptoms, wear a face mask so you don’t risk infecting other people.
How to get a coronavirus test in the Netherlands
You can receive a coronavirus test if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive or if you have any coronavirus symptom(s). First, you must call 0800-1202, or make an appointment online using your DigiD. Then, if deemed necessary, they will refer you to a testing centre. Some test locations are only accessible by car.
You must stay at home until it is time to go to your appointment. You have to bring your ID and confirmation of your appointment with you. A staff member will collect a mucus sample from your throat and nose using a cotton swab. This can be uncomfortable, but shouldn’t hurt. It normally takes up to two days to get your results.
If you test positive, the local health centre will undertake source and contact tracing to identify anyone you may have been in contact with.
What can I do to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands?
It’s not just up to the government: we all need to do our share to slow the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands. Here are some tips for how you can help out:
- download the CoronaMelder app to assist in contact tracing.
- avoid crowded areas,
- keep a safe distance from other people and when outside,
- avoid touching your face, especially the T-area where your nose and eyes are.
- if coughing or sneezing, do so in your elbows,
- avoid handshakes and kissing people three times on the cheeks.
Virologists suggest that you should be extra vigilant about taking public transport.
If you really need to go somewhere, then take public transport. Just make sure you stay at a safe distance from other people, that you do not touch your face after touching objects outside (such as handles in the tram), and that you wash your hands with soap as soon as you get back home.
As of June 1, a face mask is compulsory on public transport. You can be fined €95 if you don’t wear one.
If you’re in a risk group, don’t take public transport. And of course, if you’re sick just stay at home.
I’m stressed about coronavirus in the Netherlands, help!
While the coronavirus is something to be taken seriously, there is also no need to overreact, panic excessively or compulsively buy toilet paper.
Odds are that even if you do get the coronavirus, you will not die, nor will you have a severe form of it. So unless you are very old or already have dangerous pre-existing conditions, you will probably not have a terrible case.
In fact, statistically, the majority of people don’t need hospitalisation and fully recover. But, we’ve all experienced bad cases of anxiety before, so we prepared a nice little coronavirus anti-anxiety fact list to ease your nerves.
Where can I find more information about COVID-19 from the officials?
The official source for information on coronavirus in the Netherlands is RIVM (Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment).
The most up to date information can be found on the RIVM website. This article is also constantly updated with the most current information.
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