Corona: rules for the hospitality sector

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Are you an entrepreneur in the hospitality sector? Restaurants, bars and terraces must remain closed. Takeout and delivery are allowed. Hotels may stay open but are not allowed to serve their guests. All sales of alcohol are prohibited from 20:00 until 6:00 hours. This applies to hotels, takeout and delivery and all other outlets selling alcohol.

Restaurants, bars and terraces

Restaurants and bars must remain closed. This also applies to establishments that offer catering next to their main function: the catering facility must remain closed.

Takeout and delivery

You may offer takeout or delivery services. After 20:00 hours you may not supply alcoholic beverages with any order. If your staff needs to be outside after curfew you must make sure they have an employer’s statement (Werkgeversverklaringavondklok) and also a self-declaration (Eigen verklaring avondklok). 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.

Rules for terraces

Terraces must remain closed.


As of 15 December 2020 you may no longer serve your overnight guests food and drinks.

Halls and party locations

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.

Cinemas, concert venues and theatres

All catering facilities in public locations such as cinemas, museums, theaters and concert venues have to be closed. Read more about 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.
  • Since 1 December 2020 wearing a face mask indoors in public spaces is mandatory (pdf available in 8 languages).

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