Current measures and recommendations
The measures and recommendations that will continue to apply for companies, organisations, institutions, local government authorities, associations and clubs are as follows:
- If you have symptoms, stay home and get tested immediately by the Municipal Public Health Services (GGDs)
- Stay home if you have symptoms that could indicate COVID-19, even if your symptoms are mild, and even if you are vaccinated. Stay home until the test results are known.
- Hygiene measures remain in place
- The hygiene guidelines will continue to be applicable.
- Additional hygiene measures will continue to be applicable: sneeze into your elbow, do not shake hands, wash hands frequently, and regularly clean frequent touch points such as doorknobs.
- Ventilation measures remain in place
- Ventilation of indoor spaces must comply with the regulations and occupational health and safety guidelines.
- It is important for an accommodation space to be ventilated 24 hours a day through natural ventilation (grilles above a window, gaps), or by mechanical ventilation systems.
- Air out an accommodation space at least once a day for about 10 to 15 minutes. You should also air out the space for 10 to 15 minutes if rapid air exchange is required, for example after holding a meeting indoors. To air out an indoor space, open windows and doors wide.
- Checking coronavirus entry passes
- From 25 September 2021 on, businesses in various sectors, such as hospitality, catering and culture, will be working with the coronavirus entry pass. For more information, see: Government.nl
- Extra attention for risk groups.
- RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment has additional recommendations for employees who are in a risk group and for pregnant employees. Sector associations and employers will define policies for risk groups, in order to ensure that working conditions are as safe as possible for the employees (and visitors) who are in a risk group.
- Visitors in a risk group, and are not protected, must determine for themselves whether they are able and willing to visit such a facility or event.
- Use of personal protective equipment
- The use of a face mask that covers the mouth and nose is mandatory at the airport (in any case from the security check on, and at locations that are designated by the airport, such as arrival and departure halls), and in trains, buses, trams and metros. A face mask that covers the mouth and nose is also mandatory in taxis and other professional passenger transport in which someone other than the driver is travelling with multiple passengers.
Measures that are no longer required as of 25 September 2021
- Maintain distance and guarantee that people keep moving through
- Maximum number of visitors per room (with the exception of events indoors without assigned seats). For more information, go to Coronavirus rules for events | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Government.nl)
- Reservation and placement
- Health check
Extra points for attention for contact professions
In addition to the principles outlined above, the following extra points for attention apply to people working in a contact profession:
- Careful consideration is important in deciding whether or not to discontinue measures. Some visitors/clients who are at higher risk of a severe course of illness for COVID-19 may be insufficiently protected. For that reason, people in contact professions may want to consider maintaining some measures, such as:
- A health check (to confirm that visitors with symptoms will stay home and get tested by the GGD) and working by appointment
- Staying 1.5 metres from others where possible
- Maintaining a focus on good hygiene measures. Clean the used materials and instruments in the treatment rooms after every client contact. Regularly clean equipment and furniture, such as chair, exercise material and examination table.
- Since the Netherlands is currently at the ‘Concern’ risk level, it is advisable to consider continuing preventive use of a face mask that covers the mouth and nose if it is not possible to stay 1.5 metres apart. In any case, continuation of this measure should be considered until the Netherlands has reached the ‘Caution’ risk level. At that level, preventive use of a face mask that covers the mouth and nose will no longer be necessary.
- Follow the recommendations and measures of the relevant sector association and professional group, in addition to the guidelines that are in effect in the care institution if you work in that setting.
Transitional phase: ‘giving each other space’
Until the national risk level has dropped to ‘Caution’, organisations may want to consider continuing physical distancing and/or other measures (such as marked walking routes) if the situation demands and permits such measures. This could apply, for example, if organisations interact with people who are insufficiently protected and are in a risk group or with large groups of visitors in which blockages or queues may form. The generic principles for distancing and keeping people moving through are outlined in the generic framework from before 25 September 2021.