Rules for tourism businesses and events

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK

Due to the partial lockdown, most events are banned until at least mid-December. Exceptions are in place. Read the rules per sector.

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 at least 25 January (primary schools) or 8 February secondary schools) 2021.
  • Childcare remains open only to parents with an essential profession until at least 25 January 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. Be aware that additional rules may apply in several safety regions. These regional rules are determined by the head of the safety region, and vary according to what is most needed in that area. Find your safety region (in Dutch).


Most events are banned until further notice. Exceptions are:
  • demonstrations, meetings and gatherings as defined under the Public manifestations Act (Wet openbare manifestaties in Dutch)
  • foodstuffs markets

Hospitality businesses

  • Hotels are allowed to be open for guests who come to spend the night. Hotels are not allowed to serve food until at least January 19. No alcoholic drinks may be served after 20:00 hours. Guests must be able to keep 1.5 metres distance from each other.
  • Other hospitality businesses, like cafes and restaurants, including terraces, must remain closed. They may offer takeaway food.
  • Discotheques and nightclubs are to remain closed.

Holiday camps and campsites: conditionally opened

Holiday camps and campsites are allowed to be open, under certain conditions. Visitors must be able to observe the RIVM guidelines on keeping 1.5 metres distance and hygiene, also at the common toilets, washing rooms and shower facilities.

Coaches and other recreational vehicles

Wearing a face mask is compulsory in all public transport. On holiday coaches, taxis or recreational vans, a health check must be performed, and if there is more than one passenger, face masks are also required. It is strongly recommended to work with reservations.

Tourism businesses

Tourists must check with their country's administration before travelling to the Netherlands. Tourism businesses may offer vouchers to visitors who decide not to come.
For travelling outside the Netherlands: read the advice.
Tourism insde the Netherlands is possible, but restricted. See the FAQs.

Extra TVL compensation for event organisers, suppliers and hospitality

New national rules apply to curb the coronavirus. As a result, many hospitality and event businesses have had to close down, and suppliers are affected as well. To compensate their loss in turnover, the government has announced that these sectors will receive extra Reimbursement Fixed Costs for SMEs (TVL). Read more on the TVL page.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK