BREAKING: social distancing to end on September 25, Dutch cabinet decides

It looks like we will be bidding doei to the 1.5-metre rule in the Netherlands. However, it’s not all easing. It will soon be required that you show either proof of vaccination or a negative test result in many sectors.

Following a meeting of government officials in the Catshuis today, sources tell the NOS that from September 25th, it will no longer be necessary to practice social distancing.

Corona admission tickets

According to the sources, a “corona admission ticket” will be required before entry to cafés, restaurants, cinemas and theatres. This usually means that proof of vaccination or a negative test result must be shown.

Not quite ready for a complete easing

The Dutch cabinet does not yet feel ready to drop restrictions completely, the NOS reports. This is due to a large number of people (1.8 million) remaining unvaccinated in the Netherlands.

The government fears that if the Netherlands was to follow in the footsteps of countries such as Denmark — which has dropped all restrictions — the healthcare system may become overwhelmed once again.

As a result, other restrictions will remain in place, the sources claim. Masks will still be necessary on public transport and opening hours for the catering industry will remain unchanged.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister for Health Hugo De Jonge, will officially announce these changes and further developments this Tuesday.

What are your thoughts on the Dutch cabinet’s approach? Let us know in the comments below!

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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. Way too early and irresponsible. Just as we are going into flu season and it’s still R factor 1. Very disappointed how this has become so political rather than safety focused.

  2. The government mentioned the future implementation of showing the corona check QR code mandatorily before entering places, but newly arrived expats have absolutely no way to get it until they have completed the registration and registered on digid with a bsn. This is a huge issue considering the fact that you won’t be able to get your registration done until like 2 months after you’ve arrived, especially for busier cities.


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