The incoming/outgoing Dutch PM announced some rule changes to take effect from September 25
Translated by Thomas Ansell
From September 25, the Dutch ‘1.5-metre rule’ will no longer apply in the Netherlands (not that anyone has kept to it for several months), with Dutch PM Mark Rutte announcing a series of Coronavirus policy changes in a press conference last night. As reported by the NOS.
However, from September 25 people will need to show their vaccination or negative test status using the CoronaCheck app if they wish to enter any/all catering establishments, bars, events; festivals, concerts, professional sports events; and so on.
Anyone that hasn’t yet or can’t download the app will be able to print out their result as proof; and tests for entry into establishments and events will be free. The CoronaPass (whether on the app of in paper form) will be checked along with ID, to make sure that the person presenting the proof is who they say they are.
No maximum on visitors outside
There will no longer be requirements on maximum visitors to an event, or a required closing time, if the event is either held outside, or people have a set seat. Events inside, such as concerts with no required seating may host up to 75 percent of full capacity, and there must be a clear ending time to the event (between 00:00 and 06:00).
Multi-day events will also again be allowed from September 25, but organisers must make sure to re-check everyone’s CoronaPass every 24 hours.
Night clubs may re-open, but only until midnight.
Home working and face masks
The ‘urgent advice’ to work from home will also expire on September 25, but the new advice is ‘work from home if possible’. People will still have to wear face masks on public transport, and at airports, etc.