The basic measures and recommendations that currently apply to companies, organisations, institutions, schools, childcare facilities, local government authorities, associations and clubs are as follows:
- Distancing in busy places
- It is no longer required to stay 1.5 metres from others.
- Distancing is still advisable; it is possible to take this factor into account in designing the layout to accommodate vulnerable people.
- Staying home if you have symptoms
- Stay home if you have symptoms associated with COVID-19 – even if your symptoms are mild, and even if you are vaccinated and have had a booster(s).
- If you have symptoms associated with COVID-19, use a self-test or get tested by the Municipal Public Health Services (GGDs).
- For information on testing children, see the website of the Dutch government and the Guidance on children with nasal colds (in Dutch).
- Hygiene measures
- The hygiene guidelines remain applicable.
- Hygiene recommendations remain in place, including sneezing/coughing into your elbow, not shaking hands, washing hands regularly, and regularly cleaning frequent touch points such as door handles.
- Ventilation measures
- Ensure a good flow of fresh air
- Ventilation of indoor spaces must comply with the regulations, guidelines and health and safety protocols.
- It is important for an indoor space to be ventilated 24 hours a day through natural ventilation (grilles above a window, gaps), or by mechanical ventilation systems.
- Air out an indoor 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.
- Using the health check
- Focus on risk groups
- Employees: RIVM has additional recommendations for employees who are in a risk group (in Dutch) and for pregnant employees (in Dutch).
- Employers: Pay extra attention to employees who have concerns about their health.
- Visitors/clients: People who are in a risk group, and are not protected, determine for themselves whether they are able and willing to visit a facility.
- Using personal protective equipment to supplement basic measures
- The recommendation to wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose in busy places no longer applies. Vulnerable people may consider wearing a face mask in some situations to protect themselves – for example in places where they will not be able to consistently stay 1.5 metres from others.
- At such times, the recommendation is to wear a medical face mask that is at least Type II, and ensure that it covers the mouth and the nose. (Cloth masks or homemade face masks should not be used.)
Additional considerations for contact professions
In addition to the principles outlined above, the following additional considerations apply to people working in contact professions:
- In such settings, proper risk assessment remains particularly important when deciding whether to continue applying protective measures. The basic measures remain important in this context. There may be insufficiently protected visitors/clients who have a higher risk of serious consequences resulting from COVID-19. In addition to the basic measures, businesses and organisations can also continue using the health check. Also review any recommendations provided by sector and umbrella organisations.
- Make sure to clean thoroughly. Clean any used materials, instruments and furniture in the treatment rooms after every client contact. Regularly clean furniture such as chairs, exercise equipment and examination beds.
- For contact professions, the use of a face mask that covers the mouth and nose is worth considering for both visitors/clients and service providers, especially for vulnerable people. T In those situations, the recommendation is to wear a medical face mask that is at least Type II.
- Follow the recommendations and measures provided by the relevant sector association and professional group. These are supplemental to the guidelines already in effect within a specific healthcare institution.
Considerations for group transport of older people and people with intellectual disabilities
The additional measures listed below are necessary precautions for group transport of older people and people with intellectual disabilities.
- Wherever possible, people are transported in groups consisting of a fixed complement of individuals.
- The health check is required prior to the start of transport. The transport company makes agreements with the client about implementation of the health check.
- During transport and while getting in and out of the vehicle, clients and the driver do not have to wear a medical face mask that covers the mouth and nose. If drivers prefer to continue masking, they should be given the option to wear a medical face mask (type II or better). The same applies to clients.
- During transport, the vehicle ventilation system is on (refreshed with outside air).