he situation surrounding corona remains worrisome. Therefore, the lockdown will be extended to at least March 2. Primary schools and childcare will open from 8 February. People can also order and collect items from shops from 10 February.
The number of infections must be reduced. That is why non-essential shops, schools and childcare are closed, we work from home as much as possible, we do not receive more than 1 visitor per day at home and there is a night-time curfew throughout the Netherlands.
A night-time curfew applies throughout the Netherlands from Saturday 23 January. This will mean that everyone must stay inside between 21.00 and 04.30.
It is forbidden to be outside without a valid reason. The night-time curfew ensures that fewer people visit and meet each other. Research shows that curfews help to slow the spread of the virus.
If it is necessary for you to go outside during the night-time curfew, you must take a ‘night-time curfew declaration’ with you. If you have to go out for your job, you must also be able to produce an employer’s declaration. In certain cases, no declaration is required. For more information, visit rijksoverheid.nl/avondklok.
While the night-time curfew is in force people will not be allowed outside without a valid reason. If you need to go out at this time, you may do so only in the following circumstances:
- In the event of an emergency.
- You need urgent medical assistance, your pet needs urgent veterinary assistance or someone needs your urgent assistance.
- Your employer requires you to leave your home for your work.
- You are travelling abroad or returning to the Netherlands.
- You are walking a dog on a lead. You must do this on your own.
- You are going to or returning from a funeral and can prove this.
- You are travelling in connection with a summons issued by a court or public prosecutor, or in connection with a court hearing in objection, judicial review or appeal proceedings, and you can prove this.
- You are travelling in connection with an exam or exam that you have to take for your education at the MBO, HBO or WO and you can prove this.
- You are travelling because you have been invited to a live night-time program and can demonstrate this with an invitation from the broadcaster.
Order and pick up in the store
From February 10, it is possible to order and collect products from non-essential stores. There are a number of conditions:
1. Place an (online) order from home at a store or a location with a shopping function at home.
2. You will receive a confirmation with a time slot when the order can be picked up. There is at least a half day (4 hours) between order and collection.
3. The appointment confirmation contains all practical information for a safe and smooth collection of the order. Collection is only possible within the agreed time slot.
4. Come and collect the order on your own. The order can only be picked up if you are free of complaints.
5. Store staff will prepare the order and collect it from the store.
6. Preferably pay in advance.
More information for retailers can be found at Ondernemen010.
Work at home, unless there is no other option.
Cold, fever or short of breath? Stay at home and get tested.
Keep 1.5 meters away from others.
Wash your hands often.
Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
Avoid crowded places and leave when it is busy.
Wear a face mask where required.
In addition to the basic rules, the following rules apply:
- Receive no more than 1 person aged 13 or over at your home per day.
- Visit no more than 1 other household per day.
- Work from home. Only people whose presence is essential to operational processes and who cannot do their work from home can go to work.
- Only go outside with members of your household, on your own or with 1 other person.
- A curfew is in force between 20.30 and 04.30. This means you are not permitted to be outside between these times.
- Most locations are closed, including:
- Shops (except those selling essentials like food).
- Locations where contact-based professions are carried out, such as hairdressers, nail salons and sex establishments.
- Theatres, concert halls, cinemas, casinos, etc.
- Zoos, amusement parks, etc.
- Indoor sports facilities, gyms, swimming pools, saunas, spas etc.
- Restaurants and cafes.
- Educational institutions will provide most teaching remotely until at least 7 February. Daycare and out-of-school care centres will remain closed during this period.
- Secondary schools can offer practical training, school exams for pupils in the upper years and lessons for pupils with upcoming final exams on site.
- Secondary vocational schools (MBO), higher professional education institutions (HBO) and universities can offer exams and practical training on site.
- All educational institutions can make exceptions to provide support to vulnerable children or students.
- For children whose parents work in critical sectors, emergency childcare is available at their primary school, daycare centre and/or out-of-school care centre. Parents are urged to use emergency childcare only if they have no other option.
- Only medical professionals and allied health professionals may carry out work that involves close contact with clients or patients.
- Hotels are open, but hotel restaurants are closed and room service is not available.
- Adults can exercise alone or with one other person, and only outside. Children aged 17 and under may take part in team sports and play matches against children at the same club, but only outside.
- Use public transport for essential travel only.
- Do not travel abroad and do not book trips abroad until 31 March inclusive. Travel restrictions apply.
Vaccination is the most important step in the fight against the coronavirus. The national government is responsible for vaccination campaigns and the sequence of vaccinations; the vaccination strategy.
GGD Rotterdam Rijnmond has a major role in the implementation of the vaccination strategy in our region.
Now that the measures have been tightened up, you have to wear a face 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 Jongerenloket.
How do you wear a face mask properly?
- Only touch the face mask with clean hands.
- Only grasp the face mask by the elastic bands. Place it over your ears.
- Place the face mask over the nose, mouth and chin. Make sure it fits properly.
- Touch the face mask as little as possible.
- Ready? Throw the face mask in the trash or wash a reusable face mask at 60 degrees.
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:
For the latest information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), 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).