Corona: rules for running businesses

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Rules and protocols for businesses

To keep the coronavirus in check, it is vital that businesses adhere to the rules and protocols laid down by the government and their sector organisations. You can find information in the following articles:

For most businesses, sector organisation have drawn up protocols that you should follow. Contact your sector organisation to find out the correct protocol for your type of business.

Different rules may apply to your region

The rules described on this page are general, nationwide rules. Due to the recent rise in corona cases, additional rules apply in more regionsExternal link. For instance, a lower number of seated guests at events like weddings, or earlier closing hours for hospitality businesses. Also, the head of the safety region may decide to close venues for a 14-day period, if an outbreak can be traced to them. A closure may also be imposed if a venue repeatedly violates the rules. Find your safety regionExternal link (in Dutch).

The following general conditions apply:

  • 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.
The first step on the roadmap towards re-opening society was taken on 11 May. On that day, contact-based professions (personal care professions, medical and paramedical professions, alternative medicine practitioners, driving instructors and tattoo shops) were allowed to re-open. Sex workers were still excluded. On 1 June, a further relaxation of measures came into effect: restaurants, cafes, theatres, cinemas, museums and other cultural institutes re-opened.

Since 15 June, campsites and holiday parks have been allowed to re-open their shared sanitary facilities.

Since 1 July, the following measures apply:

  • The maximum number of persons present at seated indoor venues is 100. If venues make use of reservations and carry out health check talks, there is no maximum amount of guests.
  • There is no maximum number of guests for museums, shops, libraries and other indoor venues where guests are on the move, as long as the 1.5 metres distance rule is observed.
  • The maximum number of persons present at outdoor venues is 250. If venues make use of reservations and carry out health check talks, there is no maximum amount of guests.
  • There is no maximum number of guests for zoos, theme parks and other outdoor venues where guests are on the move, as long as the 1.5 metres distance rule is observed.
  • Sports schools, as well as sports and club canteens, saunas, fitness centres, spas, and casinos can re-open.
  • Sex workers can resume work.
  • Coffeeshops can re-open.
  • Outside sports activities can be fully resumed, with audience, always observing the 1.5 metres distance rule.
  • Taxis and coaches no longer have to restrict the numbe rof passengers. Passengers do need to wear face masks.
  • Events that require permits are allowed again, always observing the 1.5 metres distance rule.
  • Nightclubs, discotheques, and bar dancings will remain closed until further notice.
See also: the Government.nl news articleExternal link on the stricter measures that were announced on 18 August.

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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