Artikel Everything you need to know about the coronavirus in the Netherlands

Bron: nu.nl

The Netherlands, like many other countries, has been affected by the coronavirus. Many people have been infected with the virus or have even died. To slow the spread of the virus, the government has introduced a set of new rules. Many things that are normally allowed are no longer permitted. So what has changed and what do you have to be aware of? NU.nl has listed the most important information for you.

What is the coronavirus?

The coronavirus can cause a great number of symptoms, such as fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. Mild symptoms appear similar to a cold, but the virus can also lead to an pneumonia, kidney failure, or death. The coronavirus causes the disease COVID-19.

The coronavirus appeared in China in December 2019, and has since spread worldwide. The Netherlands was first affected by the virus at the end of February.

Currently, there are tens of thousands of people infected with the virus in the Netherlands. A small portion of the infected people die from the coronavirus. The virus is seemingly extra dangerous to people over the age of 65 and to people who already have health-related problems.

Which measures apply in the Netherlands?

To prevent the further spread of the virus, the cabinet has determined a set of new rules. Most of these rules remain in force until April 28, but can be extended.

These are the most important measures:

  • Do not shake hands.Wash your hands often with soap, for at least twenty seconds.
  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid social contact.
  • Keep a distance of 1.5 meters from others.
  • When sneezing or coughing, do so in your elbow.
  • Nursing homes are closed for visits.
  • Bars, restaurants, casinos, pools, beauticians and hairdressers are closed.

Are you going outside anyway?

If you do go outside, you're not allowed to be in a group consisting of more than three persons. Even when you're in such a group, the 1,5 meters rule applies. If you do not follow that rule, you can be fined up to 400 Euros. An exception applies to family members.

I think I'm infected. What should I do?

For mild symptoms such as a runny/stuffy nose, sore throat, cough and headache, it is not necessary to contact your doctor. Stay at home and avoid infecting others. If you're experiencing serious symptoms, such as a fever of more than 38 degrees, shortness of breath or pneumonia, call your doctor immediately.

Not everything is closed

Stores such as supermarkets, the market and clothing stores may remain open, but customers must keep their distance of 1.5 meters from others.

Natural areas, parks, beaches, campsites and recreation parks may also remain open. There, too, large groups are not allowed and people must keep at least 1.5 meters distance from each other.

Public transport (like trains and buses) continues to run. Operators request travellers only make use of their services when necessary and avoid the proximity of other passengers as much as possible.

Schools and children

All primary schools are closed until May 10 at the latest. Childcare centers and after-school care are closed until April 28. An exception applies for children whose parents are key workers, like healthcare professionals.

Other educational institutions (secondary education, mbo, hbo and wo) are also closed. Pupils and students receive their education (digitally) at home as much as possible. State exams have been canceled. Other exams are still being conducted if possible.

Many major events have been canceled

Major festivals and events have been canceled until June 1, which includes the events on King's Day. This regulation also applies to certain sports leagues. For example, soccer can't be played until June 1.

Funerals, religious services and weddings can take place, provided no more than thirty people are present.