Corona: rules for the hospitality sector

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Are you an entrepreneur in the hospitality sector? As of Wednesday 14 October 22.00 hours restaurants, bars and terraces must be closed. Takeout and delivery are allowed. Hotels may stay open and are allowed to serve their guests. All sales of alcohol are prohibited from 20.00 hours until 7.00 hours. This applies to hotels, takeout and delivery and all other outlets selling alcohol.

Restaurants, bars and terraces

From 14 October 2020, 22.00 hours, restaurants and bars may only offer takeout or delivery services. After 20:00 hours they may not supply alcoholic beverages with any order.

If you offer takeout you must make sure your personnel and customers must 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.

Takeaway restaurants must close at 02.00 at the latest.

Rules for terraces

From 14 October 2020, 22.00 hours, terraces must remain closed

Halls and party locations

From 14 October 2020, 22.00 hours, halls and other party locations must remain closed.

Night clubs and discos

Night clubs and discotheques are not as yet allowed to reopen.


For coffeeshops the same rules apply as for bars and terraces. They must close but may offer takeaway until 20.00 hours.

Sports and club canteens

Sports and other club canteens and their terraces stay closed.

Extra support if you were forced to close

Are you an entrepreneur in the hospitality sector and have you been forced to close starting 14 October? You will receive a one-off supplement to the Reimbursement Fixed Costs SMEs (TVL) of 2.75% of your turnover loss. This extra support is meant to cover for costs you may have incurred for, for instance, perishable stocks or adjustments to ‘corona proof’ your establishment for the winter, such as a canopy for your terrace. You will receive this extra amount with your application for the TVL for Q4 2020.

Cinemas, concert venues and theatres

If you operate catering services in a cultural institution such as a cinema, theatre or concert venue, you must close your catering facilities. You must also comply with the corona rules for cinemas, theatres and concert venues.

Basic corona rules

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

  • 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 corona-like symptoms such as for instance a cold, tightness of the chest or a (slight) fever. And get tested if you have 1 or more symptoms. Stay at home until you have the results.

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