The Dutch health authority (RIVM) have moved to weekly updates of coronavirus figures. This page is updated every Tuesday as official figures are released.
Current figures COVID-19: October 6 – October 13, 2020
Total confirmed cases of coronavirus to date:
(+43,903 in last week)
Total deaths in the Netherlands to date
(+150 in last week)
Hospitalisations to date
(+ 1,336 in last week)
Last updated: 14:45, October 13, 2020.
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?
The Netherlands has reopened most businesses, subject to restrictions on the number of people inside. Nightclubs remain closed. New national measures have been announced, and come into effect as of 10:00 PM, Wednesday, October 14.
- All bars, restaurants and coffee shops will now be closed. Take-away is still allowed and this extends to coffee shops as well. After 8 PM, alcohol and weed will be banned from consumption in public spaces. Hotels can remain open and serve their guests.
- The maximum amount of people that are allowed to gather in public spaces remains at 30. Churches and parliaments remain exceptions to this for the moment but Rutte has appealed to these institutions.
- If meeting with friends there are to be no more than four people. If inviting guests to your house you can have a maximum of three guests per day.
- Amateur contact sports are no longer allowed. This applies for those above the age of 18. However, professional sports are still allowed so long as there is no audience.
- Most events are banned, from festivals to neighbourhood barbeques.
- All shops will be closed after 8 PM. There will be special hours for vulnerable people and the government will engage with the retail sector to try and arrange for safe shopping. Where 1.5 meters is not possible and corona measures aren’t followed, shops can be closed.
- Working from home is strongly advised.
- It is strongly encouraged that people do not travel abroad. If you do choose to travel within the Netherlands you can only travel with a maximum of four people from different households.
- Mouth masks are to be worn by everyone above the age of 13 in public sectors, this includes in schools, MBO’s and University. This will be legally enforced as soon as possible (which can be days, in theory, months in practice).
- Restaurants, cafes, and bars must record names and contact details to assist in contact tracing by the municipal health service (GGD) in the event of an infection. Places with a continuous flow of visitors (historic buildings, libraries, museums) must operate using reservations and time slots. This does not apply to retail stores or markets.
- Retailers must limit the number of shoppers to ensure 1.5-metre distance. Individual venues will be consulted to determine the maximum number of visitors allowed inside at one time.
- Contact-based industries (such as hairdressers and dentists) must ask customers to provide their name and contact details.
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.
Regional Risk Level System
The government has created a risk three-level system 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.
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 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.
If you do not have any symptoms, you will not be tested. There are some private clinics that offer testing for a fee.
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, have a bad immune system 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 the anxieties 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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