Coronavirus continues to sweep across the Netherlands and the globe. Here’s up-to-date information, as it happens, on COVID-19 in Holland.
The Netherlands reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus on February 27, 2020. Over one and a half years later, a sense of normality was somewhat returning to the country as vaccination rates went up and measures are eased.
On November 26 2022 Rutte and De Jonge gave another press conference and announced further new measures. On December 14 they extended the measures till January 14 2022, and on the 14th of January another presser was given – this time by Rutte and the new minister Ernst Kuipers – where they relaxed a few measured and opened up shops and higher education again.
This page is updated every Tuesday as official figures are released from the Dutch health authority (RIVM).
Current figures COVID-19: January 4 – January 11, 2022
Total confirmed cases of coronavirus in period
201,536🔼(113,554 in previous period)
Total deaths in the Netherlands in period
(189 in previous period)
Hospitalisations in period
873 🔽(981 in previous period)
Last updated: 15:50, January 11, 2022
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 December 18, the Dutch cabinet introduced additional coronavirus measures. These came into effect on December 19 and will remain in place until January 14.
Editors note January 14: This article will be updated in the coming days, for the latest news on the measures check out our report of the press conference of January 14. The following information might be outdated.
Current measures in effect TILL JANUARY 14
- Anyone over the age of 13 must wear a face mask whilst moving around in indoors public spaces, and maintain a 1.5 meter at all times (social distancing.)
- Face masks are still mandatory on public transport, including aircrafts, trains, buses, trams and metros, and other commercial public transport. Face masks are also mandatory in airports.
- Contact professionals and their clients will also be required to wear a mask once again.
- School is out for all levels of education as of December 20. Third-level institutions (i.e university level students) will also be asked not to return physically to the classroom until further notice. An exception is made for testing and exams.
- On January 3, the cabinet will meet again to decide whether schools should reopen on January 10.
Visitors at home
- Visitors should be limited to a maximum of two vistiors per day (indoors) or groups of four (outdoors) — even if they’re vaccinated.
- Up to four guests are allowed indoors on Christmas Day and New Years.
- All indoor sports establishments will close, except for swimming lessons.
- A maximum of two adults may practice sports outdoors between 5 AM and 5 PM.
- Children may play as part of teams outdoors.
- Amateur outdoor sports are not allowed to continue training or matches between 5 AM and 5 PM.
- Professional sports may continue in their training and matches but without an audience.
- In the latest press conference, the Dutch government decided that all travellers from outside the EU/Schengen area, regardless of vaccination status, must test before their arrival to the Netherlands as of December 22.
- The latest travel restrictions and no fly zones can be viewed through the Dutch government’s website.
- All non-essential stores and establishments are closed: this includes bars, restaurants, mesuems, gyms, shops, theatres, amsuement parks, and cafés.
- Essential stores, including pharmacies and supermarkets will be allowed to remain open, but must close at 8 PM.
- Pickup will be available at some shops and catering establishments.
- Large-scale events such as festivals, concerts, cinemas, theatres, professional sports matches, and multi-day events are cancelled.
- A “corona pass” QR code from the Dutch CoronaCheck app is required as proof of vaccination to enter certain venues or events.
- You may also show a negative test result taken in the past 24 hours or proof of recovery.
- As of January 7, everyone over the age of 18 will be to book an appointment for a 3rd coronavirus shot (booster shot).
The Netherlands uses an access testing system called the CoronaCheck app. You can use the CoronaCheck app for public locations with large amounts of people and sports events. The app generates a QR code if you are fully vaccinated or have taken an official access test no less than 24 hours before.
Work from home
- Workplaces should continue to encourage working from home as much as possible, preferably at least for half of the time.
Below are the standard measures that are additionally in effect:
- Keeping 1.5 metre distance at home and in public is encouraged.
- A QR code (corona certificate) is required for entry into most places.
- Working from home is still advised as much as possible.
- Face masks are to be worn by everyone above the age of 13 in public transport. Those who fail to wear a mask will be fined €95, but it will not affect their criminal record.
In addition to the national measures in place, municipalities can also implement their own measures.
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).
You must stay at home until it is time to go to your appointment. Then, 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.
Rapid tests are available from Dutch pharmacies and supermarkets. Students can sometimes order free rapid tests from their university.
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.
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.
Can I get vaccinated if I live in the Netherlands?
If you are registered as a resident of the Netherlands with your municipality, you will be invited for a coronavirus vaccination. This is regardless of whether or not you have a Dutch passport.
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.
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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