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Corona: rules for gyms, sports and fitness centres

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Do you own a gym, fitness centre or other venue for sports or youth activities? On 14 September the government announced that the 1,5 metre social distancing rule will no longer be in place from 25 September. It will remain an advice. All other basic corona rules, such as washing your hands regularly and making sure there is a good flow of fresh air, remain in place. For indoor sports this also means you must make sure all rooms are well ventilated and have a good flow of fresh air. For professional sports matches this means they can receive spectators using the corona entry pass system.

The current rules apply until 25 September.

Conditions for indoor and outdoor sports

  • Group lessons and sports matches, both amateur and professional, for all ages are allowed.
  • During the actual sports or fitness activity athletes do not need to keep 1.5 metres distance if this is not possible.
  • You can use the capacity you have at 1.5 metres of your sports or fitness location.
  • You need to perform a health check and ask your customers to register.
  • Spectators are allowed during matches and training provided they have designated seating at 1.5 metres distance.
  • If you organise professional sports events you can use the corona entry pass system. You can then use 2/3 capacity of your location.

Sports canteens

Sports canteens may be open between 6:00 and 0:00 hours. The rules for bars and terraces apply.

Protocols for the sports sector and fitness industry

Sports federation NOC*NSF has drawn up a protocol for responsible sports (in Dutch). They also supply information sports clubs and accommodations can use on posters and billboards (in Dutch) and offer answers to frequently asked questions (in Dutch).

Sector organisation for the fitness industry NL Actief has drawn up a protocol for the fitness industry (in Dutch). This protocol explains the rules in detail. You can also check the frequently asked questions (in Dutch).

Protocols for related sectors

You can find the most recent versions of the various protocols on the Dutch-language website Mijn coronaprotocol. For instance:

Please note: a protocol is not legislation, but an elaboration of the RIVM's advice for the workplace.

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