Rules will be changed gradually over the next few months
By Thomas Ansell
After several weeks of strong regulations, from Monday 11 May some of the Dutch government’s Coronavirus regulations have been modified. The same basic rules apply: people are asked to keep a 1.5-metre distance from others, wash their hands as much as possible; not shake hands, and cough or sneeze into your elbow (and use a disposable tissue if you need).
Naturally, those with symptoms must stay at home- and anyone with a fever must stay home, along with their households. Those over the age of 70 are also requested to take extra care and stay at home as much as possible.
Primary schools ad childcare providers will re-open, with smaller class sizes. Children aged 12 and under can play sports, and those between 13 and 18 can also play sports, but only whilst keeping a 1.5-metre distance. Adults may also play sports together, but again must maintain a 1.5-metre distance.
For those whose hair is rapidly approaching glam-rock length, hairdressers are open but must be pre-booked. Similarly, you can also book to attend an appointment with a masseuse, therapist, at a beauty salon; or with an alternative medicine practitioner.
Libraries are also re-opening, again with the caveat that readers must be 1.5-metres apart from eachother. Public transport will be returning to a more regular service, but people are asked to wear a non-medical face mask.
Secondary schools will re-open with restrictions, and cafés and restaurants may re-open their outdoor spaces. Naturally people will have to stay 1.5-metres apart, and visitors must reserve before-hand. Museums and cultural institutions will be able to open with a maximum of 30 people.
15 June, 1 July, and 1 September
From June 15 it is hoped that MBO colleges can re-open, with plans for re-opening universities also being prepared for a later date. From 1 July more people will be able visit cinemas, cafés, or museums (up to 100), and weddings, funerals, or other events may go ahead with up to 100 people. From September 1 it is hoped that gyms, saunas, health clubs; coffeeshops, and sex clubs can re-open. Sporting events including football will be able to go ahead, but with no spectators. A decision has not yet been made on big events like festivals or concerts, but everyone will be updated prior to September 1.