Corona: rules for running businesses

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Lockdown in the Netherlands extended until 9 February

The Netherlands is in lockdown until at least 9 February 2021. What this means:

  • Schools are closed and must offer online education until 8 February 2021.
  • Childcare remains open only to parents with an essential profession until 8 February 2021.
  • Businesses that perform a contact profession, such as hairdressers, beauticians and sex workers must remain closed. Only medical contact profession businesses, such as dentists and physical therapists, are allowed to open. Click here for an overview of medical contact professions.
  • Non-essential stores must remain closed. Essential shops allowed to remain open are: supermarkets, other food stores, opticians, laundromats and dry-cleaners, pharmacies and drugstores, pet stores, petrol stations, food markets, workshops for repair and maintenance of consumer goods and (motor) vehicles, shops for care and welfare aids, outdoor stalls that sell flowers and plants, wholesalers, service points for receiving and sending letters and parcels. Find more information about the rules for shops (in Dutch).
  • Banks, city halls and funeral parlours are open.
  • Theatres, cinemas and other cultural institutions remain closed.
  • All other public venues, such as saunas, casinos, and zoos remain closed.
  • It is still possible to lend and return books from libraries.
  • Community centres are open to provide services to vulnerable people.
  • Hotels are allowed to stay open, but may not serve food.
  • All indoor sport facilities must close. Adults may take part in sports activities on their own or with one other person, but only outdoors. Children aged 17 and under may take part in team sports and play matches against children at the same club, but only outdoors.
  • People are urgently requested to stay at home as much as possible and preferably not to receive visitors. A maximum of two visitors (aged 13 or over) is allowed, both outside and inside. Outdoors: groups of no more than 2 persons from different households.
  • Public transport is for essential travel only. Do not book any foreign travel through March at the earliest and do not travel abroad. When travelling to the Netherlands a negative Covid-19 test result is required.
  • Face masks are compulsory for public indoor spaces.
These are national rules. Read the press release to find more details about the lockdown. A roadmap has been launched to detail the necessary measures, according to the gravity of the situation (also available in French and German). On 2 February the government will present its decision on the measures to be taken after 9 February.

Rules and protocols for businesses

Check the rules for your business sector in these articles. The rules and protocols have been drawn up by the government together with the sector organisations.

For most businesses, sector organisations have drawn up protocols that you should follow. Many of these can be found on (in Dutch). Contact your sector organisation to find out the correct protocol for your type of business.

General rules

The following general conditions continue to apply:

  • Work from home, unless this is not possible. If an outbreak can be traced to a business, it can be closed for up to 14 days.
  • Reservations have to be made upfront.
  • A health check with your costumers or visitors is required to reduce risks.
  • Keep 1.5 metres (6 feet) distance from each other.

Reimbursement Fixed Costs for SMEs (TVL)

Entrepreneurs in selected categories who have experienced income loss due to the corona crisis may apply for the Reimbursement Fixed Costs for SMEs (TVL). They can also apply after they have reopened their business.

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