The info below explains the pesent pre-cautions and temporary regulations in the Netherlands. If you live up to them, you greatly reduce the risk of getting infected.
As usual, it is very advisable to live as healthy as possible, so that your immune system is more capable of fighting the virus. Try to eat healthy, get some exercise indoors, and avoid smoking or drinking alcohol.
Until June 1st any events and gatherings will be prohibited. The extra measures mentioned below will be valid until April 6th, but may be extended later.
- Barbers, beauty parlors and other close-contact businesses are closed
- Casinos are closed
- All stores, markets and public transport services need to comply with hygiene regulations and must provide a minimum of 1.5m distance between everyone. If they don't do this, they will be forced to close. The same goes for vacation parks, campings, parks, nature areas and beaches.
- It is forbidden to gather in groups of more than 3 people, both inside or outside. The only exception is for people that live together. You can get a fine of up to 400 euros!
- Do not trespass on areas that are closed by the government. The police can give you a fine of up to 400 euros!
For our employees, please remember the following precautions:
- Only leave the house for essential matters, such as work, grocery shopping or medical reasons
- Don't visit collegues in other houses or invite people over
- Don't shake hands or give hugs, and avoid all other kinds of physical contact
- Keep a distance of at least 1,5m from other people
- Sneeze and caugh on the inside of your elbow
- Wash your hands as often as possible for at least 20 seconds with soap. Cover all parts of your hand
- Some stores will only allow a limited number of people to enter their shop. Please understand that this is done for your own health and the health of the staff. Wait for your turn to enter the store.
The biggest reason for these strong regulations, is that many people still go outside and gather in groups. Especially young people do this more often. Although young people are probably at a lower risk, there are some very sick people of under 30 years old. Also remember that every sick person, young or old, can infect other people who may get very sick.