Update July 9, 2021: "Summer measures due to rapid increase in infections."

  • Most of our activities will be organised differently compared to previous years.
  • Stay up to date here to see what we still organise during the restrictions!
  • Our office at Utrecht Science Park remains CLOSED for the time being.
  • We know that life can be very overwhelming during these tough times, so please take a look at our Health and Wellbeing page for help and support.

General Information from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
The following measures will take effect from 06.00 on the morning of Saturday 10 July and remain in place until 13 August 2021. The information on this page has been adjusted in response to the most recent press conference. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) of the Netherlands is applying the following measures in the whole country during the lockdown period. 

Rules for everyday life

  • It is still very important that everyone keeps following the basic rules, including people who have been vaccinated. This means avoiding busy places, washing your hands, keeping distance, and staying home and getting tested if you have any symptoms. This will provide greater scope to lift measures more quickly.

  • Work from home if you can and keep contact with others to a minimum remains the norm.

  • Restrictions on number of visitors at home and group size is lifted. However, it is still important to stay 1.5 metres apart when you have visitors or meet up with other people.

  • The requirement to wear a face mask will continue to apply ONLY in situations where staying 1.5 metres apart is impossible. For example on public transport, on aeroplanes and other forms of passenger transport, at stations and airports, and in secondary schools.

Assigned seating and 1.5-metre distancing required in restaurants and bars

  • Shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothes shops, can open accordance with their regular opening times. All shops may admit customers without an appointment, but there is a limit on the number of shoppers allowed inside at the same time.

  • Restaurants and bars may remain open provided all visitors have assigned seats that are placed 1.5 metres apart.

  • All restaurants and bars must be closed from midnight until 06.00. Entertainment in the form of live performances and loud music is prohibited.

  • The coronavirus entry pass scheme, which granted an exemption from the 1.5 metre distancing rule, will be suspended for restaurants and bars until August 13, 2021.

  • Discos and nightclubs must close again.

  • At locations where people are seated, they must be given assigned seats 1.5 metres apart. This means that in theatres, for example, not all seats can be used and that in restaurants tables and chairs must be positioned a safe distance apart. Registration and a health check are mandatory.

Assigned seating at events, cultural venues and sports venues

  • Cultural venues may remain open provided all visitors have assigned seats that are placed 1.5 metres apart. This also applies to visitors to events and spectators at professional sports competitions and other sports and youth activities.

  • As of Tuesday 13 July, coronavirus entry passes can only be generated using a negative result from a test taken up to 24 hours previously (down from 40 hours).

  • Organisers may participate in the coronavirus entry pass scheme to admit greater numbers of people. In that case, everyone must still have an assigned seat and up to two-thirds of the available capacity can be used.

  • Events may not last longer than 24 hours.

Rules for travel

  • The new advice is to travel outside peak hours when possible. This applies to all modes of transport. Avoid crowds during your journey and at stations (and make sure to wear a face mask).

  • If you travel from abroad to the Netherlands, you will have to have a negative PCR test.

  • Each country can set its own requirements, so you should always check the latest travel advice before you leave on www.wijsopreis.nl (available in Dutch only).

  • Dutch tourists might have to travel with a Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) that provides proof of vaccination, testing or recovery.

  • People travelling abroad from the Netherlands in July and August can get tested for free. For more information about this, please check out the website of the government.

For all the information, and to prevent you from receiving misinformation, we suggest you to visit the website of the RIVM.

Stay all safe and healthy! 🧡