The coronavirus and your company: Dutch government measures to help businesses

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The coronavirus COVID-19, and the measures taken to restrict the spreading of the coronavirus in the Netherlands, mean significant loss of turnover for many businesses. This article lists the measures the Dutch government is taking to help entrepreneurs affected by the crisis. Check this page regularly for updates.

End of lockdown per 26 January 2022

On 25 January 2022, the government announced the relaxation of most lockdown measures. Conditions, such as 3G checks and distancing, apply. The rules as per 26 January 2022:

  • Restaurants, cafes, cultural institutions, cinemas and theatres can remain open until 22:00. Visitors of 13 years and older will need to show their corona entry pass. When moving around, visitors will need to wear a mask and keep 1.5 m distance. Allocated seating is mandatory.
  • Zoos, amusement parks, museums and other locations that have a flow of moving visitors can reopen under the following conditions: visitors will need to wear a mask and keep 1.5 metres distance. The number of visitors allowed is 1 per 5m2, with a maximum of 1250 inside. Outside, one-third of the maximum capacity is allowed.
  • All shops can remain open from 05:00 until 22:00 hours. Facce masks are mandatory, a distance of 1.5 metres must be kept and there is a maximum of 1 person per 5 m2.
  • Takeaway and delivery of food and drink remains possible.
  • Indoor sports venues can open again for all ages. Visitors from 18 years and older will need to show their corona entry pass. When moving around, visitors will need to wear a mask and keep 1.5 m distance. The maximum number of visitors is 1 person per 5 m2. Allocated seating is mandatory for the audience.
  • Outdoor sports can resume for all ages, with an audience.Visitors from 18 years and older will need to show their corona entry pass. When moving around, visitors will need to wear a mask and keep 1.5 m distance. The maximum number of visitors is 1250. Allocated seating is mandatory for the audience.
  • Sports canteens and saunas can stay open until 22:00. Face masks are mandatory, a distance of 1.5 metres must be kept and there is a maximum of 1 person per 5 m2.
  • Practicing arts and cultural activities, such as piano lessons, theatre rehearsals, or band practice, remain possible. Face masks are mandatory and for people aged 18 or over the corona entry pass must be checked.
  • Contact professionals can resume their work between 05:00 and 22:00 hours. Face masks are mandatoryfor clients and workers at all times and, if possible, 1.5 metres distance must be observed.
  • Essential service providers, including medical contact professionals, notaries, lawyers, and mortgage brokers, can continue to keep their regular opening hours.
  • For all public indoor spaces, a maximum of 1 person per 5 m2 will be allowed. Visitors must wear a face mask while moving through the space. This applies with and without a mandatory corona entry pass.
  • The government advises against the use fabric face masks, and recommends the use of single-use face masks.
  • Wherever it is not possible to keep a distance of 1.5 metres, it is advised to wear a mask, also outside. For example in busy shopping streets.
  • All education can take place on location again. Face masks are mandatory at all times, 1.5 metres distance should be observed, and a maximum of 75 people per classroom are permitted.
The following existing rules remain in place:
  • Nightclubs and discos remain closed.
  • Festivals and other events and locations where visitors do not have allocated seating are not yet allowed.

These rules apply for the next six weeks from 26 January until 8 March, with an evaluation after three weeks. Also see the 25 January press release on government.nl.


Please consult the relevant articles for specific information on what applies to your business:

Corona support: financial measures

The government has reopened several financial support measures to compensate entrepreneurs who are affected by the stricter rules that came into effect in November. For more information on these and other support measures now in place, see the article Corona support for entrepreneurs.

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Repaying corona support

Did you receive financial corona support? For some measures, such as the NOW, you have to file a final turnover statement for every 3-month period over which you received support. You may have to repay part of the support money received. Are you not sure if you need to repay? Or do you want to find out about the repayment schemes? Read the article Repaying corona support: what you need to know and do.

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Tax measures prolonged

The special extension of tax payments was prolonged until 31 January 2022. If you opt for this longer extension, you will have to start paying your taxes regularly again from 1 February 2022. If you were granted a special tax payment extension, you have to start paying these taxes from 1 October 2022. You have 60 months to pay. Of course, if you want to start paying sooner, that is possible.
Read more about the measures taken by the Dutch Tax Administration and the tax payment extension.

Call the Tax Information Line

Since most of the information on the tax options offered to entrepreneurs during the coronavirus crisis is only available in Dutch, it would be wise to consult the Tax Information Line if Dutch is not your first language. The number for resident entrepreneurs is +31 (0)800 0543; non-residents can call +31(0)55 538 53 85.

It is also a good idea to ask someone - your accountant, for instance - to help you.

General health measures

  • People are urgently advised to work from home, and to keep a safe distance from each other when working on site.
  • Work places must be ventilated properly.
  • Wearing face masks is mandatory in all indoor public places when not seated. In public transport face masks must remain on while seated as well.
  • Everyone in the Netherlands who has symptoms of COVID-19 can apply for a test. If you or one of your employees starts having complaints that correspond with the coronavirus symptoms, stay at home and apply for a test. If you test positive, aid the GGD with their contact tracing.
  • It is adviced to do a self-test at home prior to meeting with other people.

International travel

  • Read the Government.nl checklist for detailed information about travelling to the Netherlands from abroad.
  • Starting on 22 December 2021 new rules will go into effect: travellers from outside the EU/Schengen area must always provide a negative test result to enter the Netherlands. Travellers from very high-risk areas must always self-quarantine. These rules also apply to travellers with proof of vaccination or proof of recovery, who were previously exempt from the mandatory quarantine. Read more about these new rules.
  • The government no longer advises against travel to countries with a low infection rate. Countries with code green or yellow can be travelled to for recreation. For countries with code red a negative travel advice remains in force. Travel advice can be found here.

Information and advice

You can turn to these organisations for further information and advice:


General health

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM

Government.nl


Business and work

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK) Coronaloket

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

TechLeap.nl

Netherlands Labour Authority

Travel / immigration /emigration

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)

The Netherlands and You

International resources


European Commission

World Health Organization (WHO)

FME, technology sector organisation

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK
Government.nl
Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
Tax and Customs Administration, Belastingdienst