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Tourism and events to re-open gradually: an overview

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK

To re-open your business, you must observe the RIVM guidelinesExternal link. Make sure your staff and visitors are able to keep 1.5 metres distance, and provide hygiene materials. You are responsible for seeing to it that the rules are observed. For more information on the guidelines and how to apply them in your business, consult your sector organisation.

Conditional re-opening

Your company can only re-open, and stay opened, on the condition that the coronavirus remains under control. The government may decide to close down certain sectors again. Or re-open them at a later date than mentioned here.

Holiday camps and campsites: open until 1 July without sanitary facilities

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. The common toilets, washing rooms and showers must remain closed until 1 July.

1 July: common sanitary facilities may be used again

Providing the coronavirus stays under control, the common sanitary facilities may be used again from 1 July 2020. These are national rules. The head of a local safety region (for a map, see RijksoverheidExternal link, in Dutch) can decide to close holiday parks or campsites when necessary. For instance, to avoid crowding.

Hotels: open under conditions

Hotels are allowed to be open for guests who come to spend the night. Guests are allowed to have a drink, eat breakfast, lunch and dine in the hotel restaurant or bar. They must be able to keep 1.5 metres distance from each other. People who are not spending the night in the hotel cannot use the bar and restaurant.

1 June: limited re-opening for non-staying guests

Hotel restaurants, like other hospitality businesses are allowed a limited re-opening from 1 June, provided they observe the conditions.

Cinemas, hospitality, theatres, and concert halls: limited re-opening from 1 June

Cinemas, hospitality businesses and cultural institutes are closed until 1 June. Cafes and restaurants are allowed to remain open for takeaway food and deliveries. They have to observe the rules for hospitality businesses during corona. From 1 June, hospitality businesses, cinemas and cultural institutes are allowed a limited re-opening, under conditions. For instance, no more than 30 guests are allowed to be on the premises, and guests must have a reservation. Read the precise conditions for re-opening on 1 June. Terraces can also re-open. Here also, conditions apply.

1 July: 100 persons allowed

If the coronavirus remains under control, the maximum number of persons (including staff) will be extended to 100 for cinemas, hospitality businesses and cultural institutes.

Museums: conditional re-opening from 1 June

Museums are closed until 1 June. From 1 June onwards, mseums that meet the RIVM guidelines are allowed to re-open. This also applies to cultural heritage sites with a public function. Visitors must make a reservation and pre-purchase tickets prior to their visit, so you can contain the number of visitors and ensure that the 1.5 metres distance rule can be observed.

Thirty guests allowed plus staff

Hospitality businesses, museums, cinemas, theatres, and other cultural institutions can admit up to 30 guests per 1 June. This is excluding staff. Previously, it was announced that they would have to restrict themselves to having no more than 30 persons present, including staff.

Zoos and theme parks: conditional re-opening

Zoos and theme parks are allowed to re-open, provided they observe the RIVM guidelines. The head of a local safety region can decide to close zoos and theme parks if necessary.

Ban on events: until 1 September

Events that require permits are forbidden until 1 September 2020. The government will announce if and when this ban will be lifted. They will do so before 1 September. There are no specific financial measures for event organising businesses. You can make use of the existing measures.

Gatherings: forbidden, with exceptions

All other gatherings are forbidden, with a few exceptions:
  • Funerals and weddings with no more than 30 persons present, observing the 1.5 metres distance rule, are permitted. The number of persons allowed to be present may be extended to 100 per 1 June.
  • Religious and ideological gatherings with no more than 30 persons present, observing the 1.5 metres distance rule, are permitted. The number of persons allowed to be present may be extended to 100 per 1 June.
  • Council meetings and shareholders meetings with no more than 100 persons present, observing the 1.5 metres distance rule.
  • Gatherings required to continue the daily work in workplaces and other organisations with no more than 100 persons present, observing the 1.5 metres distance rule.
  • Sports activities for children and youths up to and including18-year olds.
  • Outdoor sports activities for persons of all ages, observing the 1.5 metres distance rule. It is not permitted to use shared dressing rooms or shower facilities, or to organise matches.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK