Measures coronavirus
Gepubliceerd op: 16-03-2020
Geprint op: 24-10-2020
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The national government has taken measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. These also apply to Rotterdam.

The coronavirus has been given too much room to spread again. The cabinet therefore decided on October 13 that stricter measures are needed to ensure that the number of infections decreases. We do this by intervening in those places where the risk of transmission of the virus is greatest. By limiting the number of contact moments and travel movements, supporting people in complying with the basic rules and stricter enforcement. The rules below apply from October 14 at 10.00 PM.

  • At home you receive a maximum of 3 people per day
  • In indoor spaces where people are seated, a maximum number of people is 30
  • Indoors (not at home) and outdoors, a group consists of a maximum of 4 people from different households
  • A household does not have a maximum number of people
  • Work at home, unless there is no other option
  • From the age of 13, wear a face mask in public indoor areas and on public transport
  • In secondary education (VO), MBO and higher education (HO) everyone wears a mask outside of class
  • All food and beverage outlets are closed. Pick up is still possible
  • The exceptions are:
    • hotels for hotel guests (no alcohol is served from 8.00 PM till 7.00 AM)
    • funeral homes
    • airports past the security check
  • Locations with a combined function close the part with a catering function
  • Retail stores close by 8.00 PM at the latest. Shopping evenings will be abolished
  • Food shops may remain open later
  • No more alcohol or soft drugs will be sold or delivered between 8.00 PM and 7.00 AM
  • It is not allowed to carry or consume alcohol or soft drugs in public spaces between 8.00 PM and 07.00 AM
  • Events are prohibited, with the exception of:
    • Food markets
    • Trade fairs and conferences
    • Cinemas and theaters
    • Matches
  • Demonstrations, gatherings and meetings as referred to in the Public Events Act
  • In the retail trade, agreements are made about strict compliance with the protocols. If it gets too busy, or if the ground rules are not observed, (part of) a location can be closed. Enforcement is being tightened up.
  • At so-called transfer locations (for example monuments, libraries and museums), visits must take place on the basis of a reservation per period, with the exception of retail trade and markets for foodstuffs.
  • For everyone over 18, sports are only allowed at a distance of 1.5 meters and only individually or in a team with no more than 4 people. Competitions are not allowed.
  • The exceptions are:
    • Top athletes with status in designated locations (such as Papendal)
    • Football players (including other personnel in “bubble”) of the Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie
  • For children up to 18 years old (team sports and mutual competitions with teams from their own club allowed)
  • In addition to the sports canteens, showers and changing rooms are also closed.
  • Travel as little as possible
  • Stay at your holiday address as much as possible
  • Limit the number of trips and avoid crowds
  • For abroad the following applies: follow travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

General measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

  • Always stay 1.5 metres away from other people
  • Do not go to busy places
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash your hands often with soap
  • If you have symptoms, stay at home and get tested
  • Wear a mouth mask in public indoor areas
  • Work from home if possible.

For information surrounding group gatherings, education, public transport and other topics, please visit the (English) website by the national government:

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  • Only touch the mouth mask with clean hands
  • Only grasp the mouth cap by the elastic bands. Place it over your ears
  • Place the mouth mask over the nose, mouth and chin. Make sure it fits properly
  • Touch the mouth cap as little as possible
  • Ready? Throw the mouth mask in the trash or wash a reusable mouth mask at 60 degrees

Now that the measures have been tightened up, you have to wear a mouth mask in many places in the city. If you have a low income and really cannot afford masks, call 14 010. Our employees will then tell you which organization provides the masks in your neighborhood. If you are between 18 and 26 years old, you can call it Jongerenloket.

Municipal services

For questions about the coronavirus, our telephone number 14 010 is available Monday-Friday from 8 am until 8 pm, and Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm. For changes in the services of the municipality please see link below:

More information

For the latest information, see the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) website and the website of the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Municipal Health Service (GGD) (in Dutch).