Corona: rules for the hospitality sector

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Are you an entrepreneur in the Dutch hospitality sector? Read what rules apply until 26 June 2021.

From 26 June the rules will change. For instance, the maximum number of guests that restaurants, cinemas and theatres may receive will increase and the restrictions on opening hours and entertainment will be lifted. Night clubs and discos will be allowed to reopen if they use corona entrance certificates. Also, you and your customers will not need to wear face masks anymore if everyone can maintain 1.5 metres distance. If all your guests have corona entrance certificates you do not need to maintain 1.5 metres distance.

Restaurants, bars and terraces

Restaurants and bars may reopen from 06:00 hours until 22:00 hours. This also applies to establishments that offer catering next to their main function. You ask your employees to test themselves twice a week, but you may not force them. Other requirements you must comply with are:

  • Guests will have designated seating. Guests may not take seats at the bar.
  • 4 people may be seated at a table, excluding children under 13 and people from 1 household.
  • Guests must make a reservation, but they may do so at the entrance.
  • You perform health checks on your visitors and ask them to register.
  • Guests may not serve themselves.
  • You should have at most 2 shifts for your indoor guests between 18.00 and 22.00 hours.
  • You may receive at most 50 guests inside your establishment and 50 guests on your terrace. You must make sure everyone keeps 1.5 metres distance.
  • So-called cough screens or hygiene screens may be installed if it is not possible to maintain 1.5 metres distance between tables on your terrace.
  • You may not offer entertainment, such as television screens.
  • Everyone should follow the basic rules.

Takeout and delivery

You may offer takeout or delivery services. After 22:00 hours you may not supply alcoholic beverages with any order. Takeaway restaurants must close at 01:00 at the latest. You may not deliver after 01:00 hours.

If you offer takeout you must make sure your personnel and customers maintain 1.5 metres distance. If you offer delivery, you deliver to people’s front door and make sure to maintain safe (1.5 metres) distance.


You may reopen your catering facilities such as restaurant and bar. Self-service is not allowed. You must keep to the rules for bars and restaurants. You must also follow the corona rules for holiday accommodations.

Conference halls and party venues

Conference halls and party venues are allowed to reopen under these conditions:

  • You ask your visitor to register themselves
  • Health checks are compulsory for inside events, as are face masks.
  • Everyone maintains 1.5 metres distance and follows the basic rules.
  • A maximum of 50 visitors per space applies to indoor venues where guests are seated, at most 4 persons per table.
  • In venues that can accommodate 1,000 persons, a maximum of 250 seated persons is allowed.
  • For events where attendees have corona test certificates, the maximum seating capacity (allowing for 1.5 metre distance) is allowed.
  • If guests are not seated but moving, 1 person per 10 m2 is allowed.

Night clubs and discos

Night clubs and discotheques are not as yet allowed to reopen. It is expected they may reopen in step 4 of the opening plan.


Coffeeshops may reopen. You may offer takeaway until 22:00 hours. As for other rules, the same rules apply as for bars and restaurants.

Sports and club canteens

Sports and other club canteens may reopen. They will need to follow the same rules as bars and restaurants.

Cinemas, concert venues and theatres

All (indoor) catering facilities in public locations such as cinemas, museums, theatres and concert may reopen. The same rules apply as for bars and restaurants. Read more about the corona rules for cinemas, theatres and concert venues.

Excursion boats

Recreational water transport such as excursion boats may be operational again. These are the rules:

  • They may receive at most 30 guests.
  • Guests need to make a reservation and you need to perform a health check.
  • You ask guests to register.
  • Guests will have designated seating, with at most 4 people allowed at 1 table (excluding children under 13 and persons from 1 household).
  • If you offer catering, the same rules apply as for bars and restaurants.


Hospitality sector organisation Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN) has drawn up a protocol for the reopening of (terraces of) hospitality establishments (in Dutch). The Association of Asian Catering Entrepreneurs (VCHO), the Dutch Hospitality Guild (NHG) and the Association of Professional Deep-Fryers (ProFri) have also drawn up a protocol (in Dutch and Chinese).

Most sector organisations have drawn up protocols that state the rules with respect to reopening. You can find these on the Dutch-language website Mijn coronaprotocol.

Please note: a protocol is not legislation, but a practical elaboration of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment's (RIVM) advice for the workplace.

Basic corona rules

The basic corona rules remain in place. These are among others:

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