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Rules for contact-based professions

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

From 11 May most people working in a contact-based profession may reopen their businesses and perform their jobs again. They must comply with these rules. If necessary the Government may decide to close sectors or businesses again.

Which business are allowed to open?

From 11 May you are allowed to practice these professions:

  • medical and paramedical professionals (such as dieticians, medical officers, occupational therapists, prosthodontists)
  • personal care professionals (such as hairdressers, beauticians, pedicurists)
  • alternative medicine practitioners (such as acupuncturists, homeopaths, chiropractors)
  • driving instructors
  • tattoo shops
  • outdoor sports for all ages when maintaining 1.5m distance. This includes training, but excludes matches (and no showers at the club)

Rules for contact-bases roles

Check to find out of your sector organisation has established a protocol regarding rules specific to your profession.

  • You should only see clients by appointment, spread appointments across the day.
  • Ask your clients if they have any health issues such as a cold, runny nose, sore throat, (slight) fever or coughing. If your client or one of their housemates has any of these issues, you cannot allow them to come.
  • Make clear how many clients are allowed inside at the same time. The ground rule is at most 1 customer per 10 square metres floor area. You can refuse entry.
  • Employees who come in contact with your clients must take their temperature every morning. If they have a fever they are not allowed to work.
  • Employees with a fever or a cold must stay at home. This is also the case if their housemates have a cold or fever.
  • You must take measures to ensure your employees and clients can keep 1.5m distance inside and in front of your business.
  • Ensure maximum hygiene: wash hands at least every hour, before and after treatment, have clients wash their hands when entering your establishment, do not shake hands, sneeze or cough into your elbow, use paper tissues, clean the working space and all materials after every client.
  • Make sure your establishment is well ventilated.
  • Wearing of non-medical face masks is not mandatory but it is allowed.
  • Make sure your rules are clear and visible inside and outside your place of business

Protocols for contact-based professions

Check with your sector organisation whether there is specific protocol for your profession. For instance for the hairdressing industryExternal link (pdf, in Dutch) and beauticiansExternal link (in Dutch).

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.

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO