These are all new corona measures from Tuesday evening

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THE HAGUE –
For The Hague, there is an urgent advice to wear mouth masks in shops, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Monday evening. “That is not an obligation, but retailers can refuse customers who do not want to do so.” According to Rutte, the situation regarding the corona virus in The Hague, but also in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, is now ‘serious’. ‘Shopping is not an outing, do it alone’, was the message anyway.

“The number of infections is increasing so quickly that we are in danger of running after the virus,” said the prime minister. “The virus has been on the rise for a few weeks.” And that is why the cabinet is taking national measures to stop the virus. These measures will take effect Tuesday at 6 p.m. and will remain in force for three weeks.

Among other things, the cabinet has decided that catering establishments must switch on the lights at 9 p.m. and that no one is allowed in anymore. They have to close an hour later. Working from home must also become the norm. Employers who do not cooperate in the end even risk temporary closure if the office becomes a source of contamination. Rutte: ‘In many places it has become too busy at work again. I say to employers: take your responsibility. ‘

Group size

Only thirty people may be together inside. At home it is recommended to receive only three more guests (children up to 13 years are not included). The group size outside is limited to 40 people. There are a few exceptions such as demonstrations, cultural institutions, zoos and companies. Last week, the cabinet indicated that it wanted to keep schools open for as long as possible.

For all matches in professional football, there will be no audience in the stands for at least three weeks from 6 pm on Tuesday. Supporters are also not welcome at other sports competitions, both for professionals and amateurs.

‘We can keep exercising’

“It’s not that the sector is doing badly,” said Rutte. ‘But we have not been able to reduce the virus sufficiently. All players, pros and amateurs, and spectators lead to a lot of travel movements and social contacts. We can continue to play sports, but without any encouragement from the side and the stands. The sports canteens will be closed. ‘

“The virus is like a mammoth tanker,” said healthcare minister Hugo de Jonge. ‘It takes time to adjust and slow down. We are doing our best, but the virus is doing better. ‘ He expects that around 400 IC beds will be occupied with corona patients by mid-October. ‘That means that people with a different disease have to wait longer.

Travel movements

People are also asked to travel as little as possible. You can go on an autumn holiday, said Rutte. “If you want to relax, you should be able to.” But once at your holiday location you stay there and you do not go ‘fun shopping’, for example. Earlier in the day it was expected that the cabinet would come up with the measure that only necessary journeys to and from The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam would be allowed, but that is not the case.

Rutte and De Jonge continue to emphasize that everything depends on how we behave. De Jonge: ‘Ultimately, only one thing is important and that is behavior. If everyone were to adhere to the rules in an exemplary manner, you do not need to take extra measures. But it is difficult, it shows. That is why we now have to drastically limit the number of contacts. ‘ If it doesn’t work, we have to go back to the March lockdown, the healthcare minister warned.

Mouth caps

The government is also asking the OMT for advice on the wider use of mouth masks. That must come soon. At the moment, wearing a mouth mask is only mandatory on public transport.

These are the most important measures from 6 pm on Tuesday:

Inside and outside

  • Groups of up to 4 people, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Within a maximum of 30 people.
  • Outside a maximum of 40 people.
  • Exceptions apply to funerals, retail trade and schools, among others. Local exceptions can be made for cultural institutions.
  • At transfer locations, such as museums and monuments, the following applies: visits based on reservation or time slot.
  • Contact professions: customers are asked to register

Home

  • For home visits: a maximum of 3 people (excluding children up to and including 12 years old).
  • If you return from an area with an orange travel advice due to corona, you will go into home quarantine for 10 days. (children up to 12 years old are allowed to go to childcare, school and sports)

Work

  • Work from home, unless there is no other option.

Transport

  • Limit your number of trips.
  • Wearing a non-medical mouth mask is mandatory on public transport.

Horeca

  • No new visitors from 9 p.m.
  • Closes no later than 10 p.m.
  • Reservations (in advance or at the door), a health check and a fixed seat are always required. Visitors are asked to register.
  • Take-aways close by 2:00 am and no alcohol sale after 10:00 pm.

Sport

  • No audience for sports, both amateur and professional.
  • Closure of sports canteens.

Want to see all measures in a handy overview? You can find it here.

A PDF of all measures can be downloaded here.

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