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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? From 26 January all sports and matches are allowed again. You must keep to the rules.

Indoor sports facilities may reopen, but visitors 18 years and up must have a valid corona entry pass. People (aged 13 and up) should wear a face mask when moving around.

It is allowed to practice sports and play matches, both indoors and outdoors. To make use of indoor facilities such as changing rooms, a corona entry pass is mandatory (for visitors of 18 years and older). Everyone (13 years of age and up) must also wear a face mask when making use of indoor facilities.

Spectators are allowed between 05:00 and 22:00 hours if:

  • they have assigned seating and keep 1,5 metres distance, this amounts to a third of the regular capacity (with a maximum of 1,250 people per indoor space)
  • for professional sports people 13 years and up show a corona entry pass, both indoors and outdoors
  • for amateur sports a corona entry pass is mandatory for people 18 years and up, and only indoors
  • they wear a face mask when moving around

Sports canteens

Sports canteens and clubhouses can open if they follow the rules for the hospitality sector. This means among others that your canteen can be open from 05:00 until 22:00 hours, that a corona entry pass is mandatory, and that everyone must keep 1.5 metres distance.

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).

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 a guideline on how to implement government's and the RIVM's advice for the workplace.

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