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Corona: rules for contact-based professions

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Do you work in a contact-based role such as hairdresser, physiotherapist, beautician, dietician, driving instructor? If you work in a contact-based profession you may no longer perform your job until (and including) 9 February 2021.

Please note: Exceptions apply to medical professions (in Dutch) such as physical therapists, care workers and dentists. They and their clients must comply with the rules.

What are contact-based professions?

Contact-based professions are for instance:

  • medical and paramedical professionals (such as dietitians, medical officers, occupational therapists, prosthodontists). They may continue work if they comply with the corona rules and those in their sector guidelines
  • personal care professionals (such as hairdressers, beauticians, pedicurists)
  • alternative medicine practitioners (such as acupuncturists, homeopaths, chiropractors)
  • driving instructors (in Dutch)
  • tattoo shops
  • sex workers

1.5 metres distance

You should perform your job at 1.5 metres distance insofar as possible. You must take measures to ensure your employees and clients can keep 1.5m distance inside and in front of your business. Make clear how many clients may be in your place of business at the same time. You may refuse entrance.

See clients by appointment

You should only see clients by appointment. Spread appointments across the day and make sure there is little or no contact between your clients. You must ask your clients’ contact details (name, phone number and email address) so the Municipal Health Service (GGD) can trace the source of an outbreak and their contacts (registration requirement). You should also register the date and time of their visit. Make sure you have your client's consent to register their details and you may not use the information for other purposes.

The registration requirement is not applicable if it hinders you in your work or is a threat to someone's health or safety (this may be the case for instance for care providers or their clients, enforcers or investigators).

Health check

Upon booking the appointment or when arriving, you ask your clients if they have any health issues such as a cold, runny nose, sore throat, (slight) fever or coughing. You can use the RIVM's (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) health check document for visitors. If your client or one of their housemates has any of these issues, you cannot allow them to come. Employees with a fever or a cold must stay at home.

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.

Wearing a face mask

Wearing of face masks indoors in public spaces is mandatory since 1 December 2020 (pdf available in 8 languages). In contact-based roles wearing of a face mask is mandatory for both you and your staff and your customers. Read more on face masks and your company.

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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