It’s happening: the Netherlands will go into a three week lockdown

We thought our days of announcing a new lockdown were over — but here we are. Sources have confirmed to the NOS that the Netherlands will enter into another lockdown from tomorrow, November 13 at 7 PM.

What does this mean exactly? Aside from the fact that you’re going to have to find yourself yet another new hobby to quickly lose interest in — it means a number of things.

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Horeca expected to close at 7PM

This is one of the most notable measures that has been leaked. Catering establishments and non-essential shops will once again experience restricted opening hours and will be expected to close at 7 PM.

Maximum of four visitors at home

It’s also expected that the cabinet will advise people to cut out any large dinner/drinking parties for the time being. As of Saturday, the advice will be that we keep the maximum number of visitors to four.

Work from home as much as possible

If you haven’t kitted out your work from home set up with a proper chair, now’s the time to bite the bullet and just invest in one. The cabinet is also expected to advise that we bid adieu to the office for now and work from home as much as possible.

No audience at sport competitions

No more standing shoulder to shoulder with your fellow supporters. Another notable leaked measure is that audiences may not be present at sports events.

QR-codes will be needed at more venues

This measure has been expected since last Tuesday’s press conference. The use of QR-codes to gain entry will be expanded to zoos and amusement parks.

On top of this, the cabinet has also been advised by the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) to introduce the 2G approach. Under this approach, people who are unvaccinated will no longer be able to receive a QR-code using a negative PCR test result. The cabinet has yet to make a decision on this.

Cinemas and theatres are an exception

While the cabinet has taken the OMT’s advice and will implement a lockdown of three weeks (instead of the two, which was recommended), they will not implement full-lockdown measures…

This means that the cabinet is not expected to announce the closure of cinemas and theatres — contrary to the OMT’s advice.

When will we know more?

Tonight. At 7PM, Rutte and De Jonge will return once more to the podium to clarify the upcoming lockdown and measures.

And don’t worry, we’ll be following to bring you the rundown. 💁‍♀️

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Sarah O'Leary 🇮🇪
Sarah originally arrived in the Netherlands due to an inability to make her own decisions — she was simply told by her mother to choose the Netherlands for Erasmus. Life here has been challenging (have you heard the language) but brilliant for Sarah, and she loves to write about it. When Sarah is not acting as a safety threat to herself and others (cycling), you can find her sitting in a corner of Leiden with a coffee, trying to sound witty.


  1. So you’re only allowed to have 4 people visiting your house but you can go to the cinema with 500 people or to the theatre with 2000 people at the time?
    Doesn’t make sense to me🤔🤷‍♂️

    • Because the people at houses have complete disregard for any measure (no distancing, no masks, indoor in small places) while the cinemas people maintain distance, the air is changed every 10 minutes or so, you have to use masks…. If every would adhere to the basic rules no lockdown would be need it 🤷🏻‍♀️… ah of course! And the fact than less than 70% of the people is fully vaccinated doesnt help either……..

  2. Oh, yeah, it was so efficient last year! Why not to do it again?! 🙂

    Albert Einstein : “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

  3. That is not a lock down it is a restriction but it won’t stop abuse of same. People can watch movies at home, theatres can just postpone performances, restaurants are they open?? Decisions should be made by medical people, not politicians.

  4. Bruh, I’d rather have a full lockdown than this half-assed lockdown where cinemas and theaters are still allowed to be open.

  5. And so The plandemic continues. Funny how I predicted The vaccine passport the amount of boosters and all the lockdowns and I’m the Wappie lol. Wake up people if you can’t see whats going on now then you never will. P.S Here’s another prediction…. There will be food shortages and power outages.

  6. Look, this whole policy doesn’t make sense. But please let’s stop calling it a lock down until we’re actually locking down. Which hasn’t happened yet during this pandemic.

  7. Dutchman here, I strongly believe all of this is intended to piss us off. Because if they won’t allow people to get tested for entry anymore, why the hell would you have made it a thing before? Unless, of course, it’s just slowly edging towards more totalitarian measures, for no reason at all. I say, it’s all about control for the government here, for all the lack of it they had on Covid so far. This lockdown stuff is BS too, cause if “most infections happen at home” why allow any visitors at all? At least TRY to SEEM credible. In short, I’ve lost all faith and trust in our government, and not just because of Covid, but matters on immigration, housing etc.


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