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Corona: rules for contact-based professions

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Do you work in a contact-based role such as hairdresser, physiotherapist, beautician, dietician, or driving instructor? The 1,5 metre social distancing rule is no longer in place as of 25 September. It will remain an advice. All other basic corona rules, such as washing your hands regularly and making sure there is a good flow of fresh air, remain in place.

What are contact-based professions?

Contact-based professions are for instance:

  • 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 (in Dutch)
  • tattoo shops
  • sex workers

If you have a shop with your professional location, you are for instance a hairdresser or beautician with a salon, you must follow the rules for shops.

Regular cleaning

Ensure maximum hygiene. Wash your at least before and after treatment and have your clients wash their hands when entering your establishment. Clean the working space and all materials after every client. Make sure your establishment is well ventilated.

Protocols for contact-based professions

Most sector organisations have drawn up protocols. Check if there is specific protocol for your profession, for instance:

You can find the protocols through the Dutch-language website Mijn coronaprotocol (in Dutch). Please note: a protocol is not legislation, but an elaboration of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment's (RIVM) advice for the workplace.

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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