New measures to bring down corona infections

Published: 13 October 2020Modified: 15 October 2020

The coronavirus is spreading too quickly. Stricter measures will take effect as of Wednesday, 14 October at 22.00 hrs. The rules are meant to reduce opportunities for people to come into contact with each other, limit travel movements and help people comply with the basic rules. On 27 October the Dutch government will see whether the rules can be eased.

The measures as of Wednesday, 14 October at 22.00 hrs.


  • At home you may have no more than 3 visitors per day.
  • At indoor seated venues, a maximum of 30 people applies.
  • Indoors and outdoors a group must have no more than 4 people from different households.
  • There is no maximum number of people for a household.

Work and education

  • Work from home unless this is really not possible.
  • If you are aged 13 or over, wear a face mask in indoor public spaces and on public transport.
  • In secondary and higher education institutions (VO, MBO and HO) everyone must wear a face mask outside lessons.

Eating and drinking establishments

All establishments that serve food and drinks must close. Takeaway will still be possible.

Exceptions are:

  • Hotels for hotel guests
  • Funeral locations
  • Airports (after security)

Locations with a combined function must close the section that serves food and drinks.

Food shopping

  • Retail stores must close no later than 20.00. There will be no evening shopping.
  • Grocery stores may stay open later.

Alcohol and drugs

  • No alcohol or soft drugs will be sold or delivered between 20.00 and 7.00 hrs.
  • Between 20.00 and 7.00 hrs. you may not drink alcohol or use soft drugs or have them on your person in public spaces.


Events are banned, with the exception of:

  • food markets
  • trade fairs and conferences
  • cinemas and theatres
  • matches or competitions
  • demonstrations, gatherings and meetings as referred to in the Public Assemblies Act

Libraries, museums and other locations with a continuous flow of people

At locations where there is a continuous flow of people (such as monuments, libraries and museums) visitors must reserve a time slot. This does not apply to retail stores and food markets.


Taking part in sports is allowed, subject to these restrictions:

  • Taking part in individual sports or in team sports with no more than 4 people in total is allowed for anyone aged 18 if they keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
  • Matches and competitions are not permitted.
  • In addition to sports canteens and clubhouses, showers and changing rooms will also remain closed.

Exceptions are:

  • elite athletes with a status at assigned locations (such as Papendal);
  • football players (including support staff in a ‘bubble’) in the Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie.
  • children under 18 (taking part in team sports, including matches and competitions with teams within their own club)


  • Travel as little as possible.
  • Stay at your holiday address as much as possible.
  • Limited the number of outings and avoid busy places.
  • For travel abroad see the travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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