Update April 20, 2021: "Eased measures from the 28th of April."

  • Most of our activities will be organised differently compared to previous years.
  • Stay up to date here to see what we still organise during the restrictions!
  • Our office at Utrecht Science Park remains CLOSED for the time being.
  • We know that life can be very overwhelming during these tough times, so please take a look at our Health and Wellbeing page for help and support.

General Information from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
All current coronavirus measures will continue to apply up to and including Tuesday 11 May. The information on this page has been adjusted in response to the most recent press conference. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) of the Netherlands is applying the following measures in the whole country during the lockdown period.

Rules for everyday life

  • Stay at home, work from home and keep contact with others to a minimum remains the norm.

  • A curfew is in force between 22.00 and 04.30. This means you are not permitted to be outside between these times. The fine for breaking the curfew is €95. Exceptions to this rule can be found here. *The evening curfew will be lifted at 04:30 on 28 April 2021*

  • As of 28 April, you are advised to receive no more than two visitors a day at home, and visit no more than one other household per day.

  • Only go outside with members of your household, on your own or with one other person.

  • Always wear a facemask when you are at indoor public places.

  • Always keep a distance from others (at least 1.5 meters). At home: have a maximum of two visitors and keep the distance even then. A maximum of two people may be together outside.

Rules for shopping and entertainment

  • Shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothes shops, can be open between 6:00 and 20:00. All shops may admit customers without an appointment, but there is a limit on the number of shoppers allowed inside at the same time. Wearing a face mask in shops is still compulsory.

  • Supermarkets and other shops selling essential goods may operate in accordance with their usual opening hours. Wearing a face mask in shops is still compulsory.

  • Alcohol cannot be sold between 20.00 and 07.00, and it is also not allowed to consume it in public spaces.

  • Drugstores, pharmacies, opticians, hearing care professionals and shops for repair and maintenance may also remain OPEN.

  • Outdoor seating areas at restaurants, bars and cafés may be open from 12:00 to 18:00, under certain conditions. Customers must have a reservation and be assigned a seat. Reservations can only be made for a maximum of two people or for people from the same household. Making a reservation on arrival is allowed.

  • Locations where contact-based professions are carried out, such as hairdressers and masseurs, are OPEN again for customers who made a reservation.

  • Theaters, cinemas, casinos, concert halls et cetera are CLOSED.

  • Zoos, amusement parks et cetera remain CLOSED.

  • Places where you can pick up and send parcels may remain OPEN.

  • Government organizations remain OPEN.

  • Libraries remain OPEN to collect books.

Rules for sports

  • From 3 March 2021, people aged 26 and below are able to train outside at sports venues in groups of more than two people.

  • 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.

  • Although competitions are still prohibited, they will be able to train with their own team from the same club.

  • Sports are only allowed outside and there is no audience allowed.

  • All indoor sports facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools remain CLOSED.

  • Sport canteens, changing rooms and showers remain CLOSED.

Rules for travel

  • It is suggested to travel as little as possible.

  • Use public transport for essential travel only (and always wear a face mask).

  • Do not travel abroad and do not book trips abroad in the period up to and including 15 May. Travel restrictions apply. 

  • If you travel from abroad to the Netherlands, you will have to have a negative PCR test. For more information about this, please check out the website of the government.

The measures are based on the advice of experts.

For all the information, and to prevent you from receiving misinformation, we suggest you to visit the website of the RIVM.

Stay all safe and healthy! 🧡