Three weeks after the last persconferentie announcing new measures, ministers Mark Rutte and Hugo de Jonge appeared last night (3rd November 2020) at yet another one, talking to the Dutch nation about their COVID-19 response. The verdict? It’s not going bad – but it’s not going too well, either. 

Watch the the Full Press Conference in Dutch or Read It Here

Although the number of cases seems to be slightly decreasing the amount of hospital and ICU patients has risen in the past week – respectively by 108 and 22. As Rutte mentioned, “the numbers have to fall faster”; to ensure the safety of people living in the Netherlands, then, new, stronger measures will be put in place.

Here’s a small overview of these new rules, as presented by yesterday’s live conference and by the RIVM

About Travel

  • Within the Netherlands: stay home as much as possible, and work from home if necessary. 
  • Travel abroad is strongly discouraged until possibly mid-January. Exceptions can be made for necessary travels and the Caribbean parts of the Dutch Kingdom.
  • If you are going on holiday anyway, remain at your holiday residence as much as possible.  
  • If you are returning from an orange area, you should quarantine yourself for 10 days.

About Face Masks

  • Face masks are compulsory in public indoor areas and on public transport for everyone over 12 years of age. 
  • At VOs, MBOs, and HOs (secondary and higher education), everyone must wear a mask outside of class.

About Food

  • Food venues are only open for pickup, with a few exceptions (hotels for guests, funeral centers, airports). 
  • No alcohol can be sold between 8 pm and 7 am, much like announced in the last persconferentie. 

About Gatherings 

  • Events are still prohibited (except for those mentioned in the Public Events Act).
  • People may receive up to 2 guests per day in their own homes. 
  • The maximum number of people for a group anywhere other than at home is 2 people. 
  • For funerals and weddings, there may be a maximum of 30 and 20 attendees respectively. 

About Physical Exercise

  • Gyms are still open for individual physical exercise. 
  • For anyone over 18, sports are allowed, but just as they maintain the usual 1.5m distance and with teams of at most 2 people. No competitions are not allowed.
  • Locker rooms and showers are closed. 

This “temporary aggravation of the partial lockdown” will be put in place from 4th November 2020, at 10 pm, and will remain in effect for at least two weeks (18th November 2020). Much has changed in just a month and a half; a summary of this information can be found (in Dutch) here.

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