Corona: rules for running businesses

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There are corona protocols in place for several business sectors. As the lockdown is eased gradually, these rules change. Stay up-to-date.

10 July: Several corona measures tightened again

Step 4 of the plan to reopen society has taken effect. However, due to the rapidly increasing contamination rate, the government has temporarily tightened a number of measures as of 10 July. These temporary rollbacks will last up to and including 13 August.

For example, hospitality venues must close at midnight and can no longer use the corona entry pass system to forego the 1.5-metre distance rule.

Non-seated events are no longer permitted. Nightclubs and discothekes have to close their doors again.

Check The coronavirus and your company for an overview of the tightened measures. For more information about the reopening plan, see

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.

Test certificate or corona entry pass

If you organise (sporting) events, or work in the tourism or hospitality business, you may ask your guests for a test certificate or corona entry pass before entry. Read more about test certificates. You can also require a corona entry pass for admittance to licenced, seated events (through the CoronaCheck app or the paper version). This will allow you to use up to 2/3 of your venue capacity.

General rules

The following general conditions continue to apply:

  • Work from home as much as possible. The workplace must have a good ventilation system (in Dutch).
  • For public venues where customers have a fixed seat, registration is still mandatory.
  • 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, or the flooding due to heavy rainfall (July 2021) may apply for the Reimbursement Fixed Costs for SMEs (TVL). They can also apply after they have reopened their business.

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