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Corona: rules for the hospitality sector

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Are you an entrepreneur in the hospitality sector? From 1 June restaurants, bars, terraces and hotels may reopen for business. This is only allowed if and when the coronavirus is under control and you comply with these rules. These are national guidelines, please check the rules for you municipality with your safety regionExternal link (in Dutch).

What is currently allowed?

Until 1 June 2020 your establishment may only offer takeaway and delivery. The delivery driver may only deliver to the door, not inside. You must comply with all general rules for the hospitality sector. Do you own a hotel with a bar or restaurant? Only your overnight guests are allowed to make use of these and they must maintain 1.5 metres distance.

From 1 June 12:00 hours: restaurants, bars and terraces may reopen

For restaurants and bars the following requirements apply:

  • Guests must make a reservation.
  • You must ask all customers beforehand if they have any corona related symptoms.
  • A maximum of 30 guests are allowed inside.
  • You may only offer seating.
  • Guests must maintain 1.5 metres distance, unless they are part of the same household.
  • Your staff must maintain 1.5 metres distance both from guests as well as from other staff.

Rules for terraces

If your establishment has a terrace, you must comply with the following requirements:

  • You may only offer seating at tables.
  • Guests must maintain 1.5 metres distance, unless they are part of the same household.
  • Your staff must maintain 1.5 metres distance both from guests as well as from other staff.

Do you want to expand your terrace or create one? You must change or apply for a new operating permit for your establishment. You apply with your municipality. In some case you must apply for a separate permit for a terrace.

Hospitality sector organisation Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN) has drawn up a protocolExternal link (in Dutch) for the reopening of hospitality establishments.

From 1 June: cinemas, concert venues and theatres may reopen

Cinemas and cultural institutions (such as theatres and concert venues) may reopen on 1 June 12:00 hours under these conditions:

  • Visitors must make a reservation.
  • You must ask all visitors beforehand if they experience any corona related symptoms.
  • A maximum of 30 people per room is allowed.
  • Visitors must maintain 1.5 metres distance, unless they are part of the same household.
  • Your staff must maintain 1.5 metres distance both from guests as well as from other staff.

From 1 July: more visitors allowed

If these relaxed measures work well and the spread of the coronavirus remains under control, starting 1 July a maximum of 100 people will be allowed inside. This includes your staff.

Basic corona rules

The basic corona rulesExternal link remain in place:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Use paper tissues to blow your nose and discard them after use.
  • Do not shake hands with others.
  • Maintain 1.5 metres (2 arms lengths) distance from other people.
  • Stay home if you have any symptoms of a cold, such as a runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, slight coughing or a slight fever of up to 38 degrees.
  • Do you have a fever and/or respiratory symptoms? Stay home. If you have had no symptoms for 24 hours, you may leave the house.

Financial support

Do you want to make use of or have you applied to one of the government measures for financial support? It makes no difference whether you are open for business or not. As long as you fulfil the requirements you can apply.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO