Is Netherlands under a lockdown?

All schools and daycare centres in the Netherlands are to be shut until 28 April 2020 in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. In addition, cafes, restaurants, sex clubs, cannabis cafes, saunas and sports clubs will remain closed.

There are certain additional rules and guidelines released in a press conference on 23 March 2020.

  • Gathering with more than 3 people is not allowed until 1 June 2020.
  • Mayors have, with immediate effect, the authority to close down certain places, such as beaches, parks, boulevards, shops, food markets etc, when people don’t adhere to these guidelines.
  • Shops have to take measures to assure people are able to respect the 1.5 meter minimal distance.
  • The decision on whether or not keeping schools, cafes and restaurants should remain closed will be taken on or around April 6, as planned. The closure is now applied to hairdressers and nail studios.
  • People that breach these rules can be fined: up to EUR 400 for individuals, and up to EUR 4000 for businesses and shops.
  • Advised is not having more than three guests in one’s house.
  • When someone has fever, the complete family will have to stay at home.
  • Capacity in the hospitals and ICUs will be increased.

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