Restriction-free autumn? This could be a reality in the Netherlands from September

Do you remember the days when we didn’t have to wear face masks and could hug all our friends? Neither do we. 

Fortunately, we may be able to return to the old “normal” this September, according to the Dutch Minister for Health, Hugo de Jonge. 

De Jonge claims that relaxing even basic coronavirus restrictions, such as wearing a face mask and keeping a 1.5-metre distance, around September 1 could be a “real scenario.”

Fully vaccinated by September

Everything, however, will depend on the vaccination rate as well as mutations of the virus. If all goes well, any adult in the Netherlands who wants the vaccine should be fully vaccinated before the end of August, according to the Health Minister.

While De Jonge previously said that all adults would be able to get their first jab by July, the cabinet now moved this date to mid-July. This is due to problems delivering the vaccine, according to the NOS.

End of lockdown?

In the meantime, the Netherlands will see more coronavirus restrictions relaxed on June 5. While the basic restrictions of keeping your distance and wearing a face mask stay, the latests relaxations mark the end of lockdown in the Netherlands.

Do you think we’ll be back to normal in September? What do you look forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!

Feature Image: Priscilla du Preez/Unsplash

Jana Vondráčková 🇨🇿
Originally from the Czech Republic, Jana moved to the Netherlands for her studies. She fell in love with the local biking culture, and you’ll see her drifting through the streets of Rotterdam on her pink bike even in the worst possible weather (think rain, snow, hail, or all three). Besides advocating for Rotterdam as the best Dutch city, she likes to wander around with a camera in her hand.


  1. I really hope we are back to normal! I am trying to plan my wedding for October and have no idea if it will go ahead, or in what capacity! It’s really stressful! So fingers crossed…


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