Update: Tuesday 9th of March 2021
Further easing of restrictions not yet possible
The rate of coronavirus infection and the pressure on hospitals are still too high. It would be unwise to ease the restrictions further at this time. We need to keep following the rules that we can see are working.
The government has made minor adjustments to the current measures and is looking ahead. There may be more scope for easing restrictions as of 31 March. It may be possible for restaurants and bars to open outdoor seating areas and for shops to open, subject to strict conditions, but only if the numbers allow.
Current measures extended
All current measures will apply up to and including Tuesday 30 March
At the next press conference on 23 March the government will announce what will be possible after 30 March.
The curfew will be extended until 04.30 on Wednesday 31 March
This means that everyone has to stay inside between 21.00 and 04.30. Additional exceptions will apply during the parliamentary elections.
The advice not to travel abroad will apply up to and including Thursday 15 April
Stay in the Netherlands. Do not travel abroad in the period up to and including 15 April. Do no travel outside the Netherlands unless absolutely necessary. At the next press conference, on 23 March, the government will announce a new travel advisory for the period after 15 April.
Minor adjustments to current measures as of 16 March
The government has made a number of minor adjustments to the current measures.
As of Tuesday 16 March, the following changes will apply:
Children aged 12 and under can attend swimming lessons to achieve their A, B or C diplomas.
Shopping by appointment
Shops will be allowed to admit 2 customers per floor or 1 customer per 25 square metres, up to a maximum of 50 customers at a time. Everyone must stay 1.5 metres apart. The rule that appointments must be made at least 4 hours in advance still applies and each customer slot must be a minimum of 10 minutes.
Adults aged 27 and over can participate in sports activities at outdoor sports facilities in groups of up to 4 people. They must stay 1.5 metres apart. Adults aged 18 to 26 were already allowed to participate in team sports at sports facilities without staying 1.5 metres apart. The municipality may also offer other opportunities for participating in organised sports.
Driving theory tests and lessons
Theory tests and lessons relating to driving or maintaining a motor vehicle may be offered on site for certain businesses and for people who need to attend such a course in order to perform their work or are required to attend after committing a driving offence.
More exemptions to entry ban
An entry ban is in place for people travelling from outside the EU. A number of exemption categories had temporarily been removed from the list, but have now been added again. People in the following categories are allowed to enter the Netherlands for a short period again: business travellers, students, highly-skilled migrants, professionals from the cultural and creative sectors and people in long-distance romantic relationships.
Minor adjustments to current measures before 16 March
Visitors to nursing homes
Nursing home residents who have been vaccinated can receive 2 visitors per day. These can be different visitors every day. This change applies with immediate effect.
The ban on flights and ferries from the United Kingdom will be lifted at 00.01 CET on Tuesday 9 March. The ‘UK variant’ of coronavirus has now spread in the Netherlands, so there is no reason to maintain the flight and docking ban. The existing negative test requirement for travellers from the United Kingdom and the urgent advice to self-quarantine on arrival will continue to apply.
Possible easing of restrictions as of Wednesday 31 March
The government is planning to ease some restrictions as of 31 March, but only if the number of intensive care admissions remains stable and the reproduction number stays close to or below 1. A decision on this will be taken on 23 March.
Outdoor seating areas
Hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars may be allowed to open their outdoor seating areas subject to certain conditions, such as guest registration, health checks and assigned seating. A maximum of 50 people will be allowed in an outdoor seating area.
Shops may be given more scope to open further.
People may be allowed to receive up to 2 visitors aged 13 or over at their homes each day.
Institutions of higher professional education (HBO) and universities may be allowed to offer students in-person classes at least 1 day per week, subject to certain conditions.
These are the measures in place from now until 15 March 2021 inclusive
- Receive no more than 1 person aged 13 or over at your home per day.
- Visit no more than 1 other household per day.
- Work from home. Only people whose physical presence is essential to operational processes and who cannot do their work from home can go to work.
- Only go outside with members of your household, on your own or with 1 other person.
- A curfew applies from 21.00 to 4.30. During curfew hours you cannot go outdoors without a valid reason.
- Funerals may be attended by no more than 50 people.
Most locations are closed, including:
- shops (except those selling essentials like foods). From 10 February all shops can offer a ‘click and collect service’. From 3 March shopping by appointment is permitted. theatres, concert halls, cinemas, casinos, etc.
- zoos, amusement parks, etc.
- indoor sports facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, saunas and spas.
- restaurants, bars and cafes.
- Educational institutions are mainly offering remote and online learning.
- Primary schools and daycare centres for children aged under 4 reopened on 8 February.
- Out-of-school care will remain closed.
- Secondary schools reopened on 1 March. In principle every pupil will attend in-person lessons at least 1 day per week.
- As of 1 March every student in secondary vocational education (MBO) can attend in-person lessons 1 day per week.
- Higher professional education institutions (HBO) and universities can offer exams and practical training on site.
- All educational institutions can make exceptions to provide support to vulnerable pupils or students.
- For children whose parents work in critical sectors, emergency childcare is available at out-of-school care centres. Parents are urged to use this emergency childcare only if they have no other option.
- All contact-based professions, except for sex work, can now be resumed.
- Hotels are open, but hotel restaurants will remain closed and room service will be unavailable.
- Adults may take part in sports activities on their own or with one other person, but only outdoors. Children aged 17 and under may take part in team sports and play matches against children at the same club, but only outdoors. Young adults aged 18 to 26 may take part in sports at outdoor sports facilities and play matches against teams from their own club.
- Use public transport for essential travel only.
- Stay in the Netherlands. Do not travel abroad and do not book trips abroad until the end of March. Travel restrictions apply.
Events in Almere
Are you organizing an event in Almere? Please check the website of Almere City Marketing (in Dutch) for additional information if required.