This page is updated every Tuesday as official figures are released from the Dutch health authority (RIVM).
Current figures COVID-19: September 14 – September 21, 2021
Total confirmed cases of coronavirus to date:
(+13,347 in last week)
Total deaths in the Netherlands to date
(+45 in last week)
Hospitalisations to date
(+287 in last week)
Last updated: 15:45, September 21, 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?
These measures are updated according to the press conference of August 13 and are in place until September 25. From then, new measures will apply.
Current measures in effect
- Primary schools, daycare centres, and out of school care are fully open.
- Secondary schools are fully open with some measures still in force (such as wearing a face mask in the hallways).
- MBOs are fully open with some measures still in force.
- Universities and HBOs are fully open with some measures still in force.
- Retail is open to a limited number of customers. Customers no longer have to book an appointment in order to shop. The amount of people allowed in a shop at a time is one per 5m2 of space.
- All contact professions are open. This includes hairdressers, beauticians, masseurs, driving instructors, and sex workers. Medical professionals such as dentists and dermatologists may continue to work.
- Bars, restaurants, and cafés are allowed to open for both outdoor and indoor serving between 6 AM and 12 AM. They may operate at 100% capacity. People must have a fixed seat and keep 1.5 metres distance if sitting inside. For outdoor serving, 1.5 metres distance is not necessary and neither are cough screens.
- Zoos, nature parks, and amusement parks are open with certain conditions. Casinos, recreational facilities, saunas, spas, museums, historic buildings, cinemas, pop music venues, and theatres are also open with conditions. At locations with fixed seating, venues can operate at maximun capacity as long as social distancing is upheld. At locations that people walk through, the number of visitors is limited to one per 5m2 excluding staff. With access testing, the capacity can be increased to a maximum of two-thirds and visitors will not have to keep 1.5 metres distance. Health checks and visitor registration are mandatory.
- Large venues are open. Without access testing visitors must keep a 1.5 m distance. With access testing, the venue may use a maximum of two-thirds of its regular capacity without social distancing. For events with a throughput of people, a maximum of one visitor per 5m2 may be present.
- People of all ages may participate in cultural and artistic activities in groups. Where not possible, keeping a 1.5 m distance is not required.
Groups of people
- There is no maximum for the number of visitors at home but 1.5 metres distance is encouraged.
- Outside, there is also no maximun number of people allowed to be in a group.
- There is no maximum on the number of people that can attend a funeral or a wedding. There must, however, be 1.5 metres distance between guests.
Sports and outdoor activities
- People of all ages may participate in group sports. Keeping a 1.5 m distance is not required.
- Competitions at all levels can take place. Spectators are allowed with 1.5 metres distance. For professional competitions the amount of spectators can be increased with access testing.
- Changing rooms, showers, and saunas in gyms are open.
- Travel within the EU: As of August 8, travellers returning from yellow countries have had to show a coronavirus certificate when they arrive in the Netherlands. Travellers are encouraged to do a self-test when they get home, even if they are fully vaccinated. Be aware, travelling is still a risk. For the entry rules per country, go to Wijsopreis.nl or download the Travel App.
- Domestic travel is also possible for those who wish to go to a cabin or bungalow, provided the same measures apply as in the home.
- Travellers coming to the Netherlands from a high-risk country are required to show a negative test result. A mandatory quarantine upon arrival to the Netherlands has applied since May 15.
The Netherlands uses an access testing system called CoronaCheck. 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
- People are advised to work from home again, unless there is really no other option.
Below are the standard measures that are additionally in effect:
- Keeping 1.5 metres distance is always mandatory, except where access testing has been carried out.
- Clubs are closed, and large multi-day events have been cancelled.
- 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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