This page is updated every Tuesday as official figures are released from the Dutch health authority (RIVM).
Current figures COVID-19: April 27 – May 4, 2021
Total confirmed cases of coronavirus to date:
(+52,087 in last week)
Total deaths in the Netherlands to date
(+128 in last week)
Hospitalisations to date
(+1,633 in last week)
Last updated: 15:27, May 4, 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?
Current measures in effect
- Primary schools, daycare centres, and out of school care are fully open.
- Secondary schools and MBOs are open. Each pupil should be able to attend in person one day per week. A few exceptions apply, such as when undergoing exams.
- Universities and HBOs are open for one day a week.
- Retail may now reopen to a limited number of customers. Customers no longer have to book an appointment in order to shop. Limitations are in place as to how many people may visit: one person per 25m2 of space, meaning that multiple people may be allowed on one floor at any given time as long as they can have 25m2 of space each. There is a maximum of 50 people at a time.
- Contact professions have reopened. This includes hairdressers, beauticians, masseurs, and driving instructors. Sex workers may not conduct business. Medical professionals such as dentists and dermatologists may continue to work.
- Bars, restaurants, and cafés are allowed to open terraces between 12 PM and 6 PM. A maximum of two people from different households are allowed at one table, more people can sit at a table if they are from one household. A maximum number of 50 people are allowed per terrace.
- 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.
Groups of people
- The recommended maximum number of visitors at home is two per day.
- Outside, the maximum group size is two people from different households, not including children under the age of 13.
- The number of people allowed to attend a funeral is 100.
- The number of people allowed to attend a wedding is 30.
Sports and outdoor activities
- Outdoor group sports are allowed. You are allowed to exercise outdoors at sports centres in groups of no more than four. Competitions are still not allowed.
- Gyms and saunas are closed. An exception will be made for children up to and including the age of 12 who need swimming lessons. 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 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 applies as of May 15.
- All flights from India, South Africa, and various countries in Central and South America are banned. This excludes medical travel, repatriating Dutch citizens, and cargo.
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.
- Events are banned, from festivals to neighbourhood barbecues.
- Face masks are to be worn by everyone above the age of 13 in public sectors. 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.
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.
Some rapid tests are available from Dutch pharmacies, but these are in short supply and not intended for everyday use.
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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