Since Saturday 25th, the Netherlands has officially stopped holding by the 1.5-metrer social distancing regulation. To make sure that the Coronavirus stays in check, however access to restaurants, bars, and events will be based on providing a “EU Digital COVID Certificate” (DCC). This certificate (in the form of a QR code) shows your vaccine and/or test status.
The certificate will be accessible to people, who are either (fully) vaccinated, have recovered from the virus, or have been tested negative via the CoronaCheck app. You can also download and print a paper version of the certificate via the CoronaCheck website.
Many Internationals received their vaccination outside of the Netherlands, prior to their arrival or during their stay home in summer. In the Netherlands registered vaccinations will be transferred automatically to the CoronaCheck app, but vaccinations done outside of the European Union require scheduling an appointment with the GGD, located in Utrecht. EU citizens should receive a DCC in the country in which they were vaccinated, which they can use in the Netherlands.
The IWCN has written a full guide on the subject, available here.
On 26 June the Netherlands will be taking the fourth step in the reopening plan and everything will reopen.
You must still maintain a distance of 1.5 metres apart. However in places where this is not possible, such as in nightclubs and at organised events, you will need a coronavirus entry pass (visit coronacheck.nl for more info).
In addition, the requirement to wear a face mask will no longer apply in most situations. It will continue to apply only in situations where staying 1.5 apart is impossible. For example on public transport, on aeroplanes and other forms of passenger transport, at stations and airports, and in secondary schools.
The Dutch Prime Minister gave a press conference on Tuesday several stronger Coronavirus regulations, including shutting all hospitality outlets for two weeks, and banning the sale of alcohol after 20:00 (including in shops).
Cafés, restaurants, hotels can remain open for take-away service, with Rutte describing it as a ‘partial lockdown’. The amount of people allowed to meet inside has been reduced to 30, and everyone in the Netherlands has been asked to work from home as much as possible. Shops have also been asked to minimise the number of visitors inside at one time, and uphold the 1.5-metre social distancing rule.
Face-masks will now be required in all schools, for all age groups- though this will remain ‘urgent advice’ until it is written into law.
Dutch residents are also being asked not to play group or team sports, however the Cabinet has decided against banning holidays, instead requesting that people not travel to ‘orange list’ countries.
The measures will remain in place for four weeks, with a review after 14 days.
At Connect International, we understand the worry and inconvenience that lockdowns have on everyone’s lives. We are aiming to maintain as many activities as we can (online and with the 4-people limitation groups) so that everyone can continue to connect with other people. If your mental health is suffering due to the new regulations, the IWCN has a web-page with some links you may find useful, too.
If you have symptoms such as a cold, cough, fever or sudden loss of smell or taste, you can get tested to see if you are infected with coronavirus.
From 1 July: staying 1.5 metres apart remains the norm
We can now take another step forward in our approach to tackling coronavirus. A new phase is beginning and we are moving from an intelligent lockdown to less restrictive rules. General rules still apply, because coronavirus has not gone away.
On Monday 11 May, certain COVID-19 restrictions began to be relaxed at the local or neighborhood level in the Netherlands. These restrictions will only stay relaxed if the virus remains under control. If the circumstances so warrant, any decision to relax measures can and must be reversed.
Due to the ongoing government measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all face-to-face Connect International events have been cancelled.
However the Connect International team has been very busy over the last month to arrange events that you can attend online. Below is an overview of some of the online events. For more, check our events calendar.
UPDATE :: From 1st June Connect International will be restarting some face-to-face events, in accordance with the governmental measures.
Yesterday evening, during a national press conference, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, announced an extension of the Coronavirus measures currently in place. These measures will now be in force through 28 April 2020, an extension of an additional 3 weeks past the former date of 6 April 2020.
These are strange times for us all, but especially, perhaps, for those who are new residents in the Northern Netherlands. In this time of face-to-face social distancing, new residents may feel particularly disconnected as they may be far from their home countries and not yet rooted in the Netherlands society and culture. Even long-term residents may find the adjustment to living smaller and more contained a challenge.
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