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Coronavirus COVID-19

In Fryslân we’re also dealing with the spread of the coronavirus. That’s why it’s important to follow the national measures. In everything you do, ask yourself the following question: ‘do I endanger the health of others, especially the vulnerable groups?’ All the inhabitants of Fryslân play an important role. Only together we can control the coronavirus.

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Update 28th of May: Press conference of 27 May and current roadmap of measures against coronavirus

Press conference of 27 May: current roadmap of measures against coronavirus

The main points of the timetable for relaxing the measures in place to tackle coronavirus in the Netherlands will remain unchanged. This was decided by the government on Wednesday 27 May 2020. Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke about the outcome of government deliberations at a subsequent press conference.

On 1 June several measures will be relaxed, including for groups, cafés, bars and restaurants, schools and cultural institutions. The basic rules still apply: wash your hands, keep a distance of 1.5 metres, avoid busy places, stay at home if you have symptoms and work from home as much as possible. All the information can be found on www.government.nl/coronavirus.

Developments permitting, more measures will be relaxed on 1 July. The government has added several categories to the list of locations set to reopen on that date, namely gyms and fitness centres, saunas and spas, clubhouses, casinos and amusement arcades. These locations were previously expected to reopen on 1 September. The basic rules and additional measures will of course apply at these locations too. A definite decision on this matter will be taken at the end of June, when the situation regarding other indoor sports activities will also be considered.

Outdoor sports activities for under 18s

From 1 June young people aged 13 to 18 will be allowed to take part in organised sports activities outdoors under the supervision of sports clubs or professionals, without keeping a distance of 1.5 metres. This is already the case for children aged 12 and under. Competitions and matches will remain prohibited.

Testing in the case of mild symptoms, including loss of smell or taste

From 1 June, anyone with mild symptoms that may point to coronavirus will be able to phone a national hotline and make an appointment to be tested by the municipal health service (GGD). If we are to keep the virus under control now and in the weeks and months ahead, extensive testing and source and contact tracing are crucial. Loss of smell or taste have been added to the list of symptoms that may point to a coronavirus infection.

Summer holidays

The government hopes to be able to provide more information next week about the summer holiday months. It is however already certain that the basic rules as they apply now will still apply in July and August.

Keeping the virus under control

The Netherlands’ approach is aimed at keeping the virus under control as much as possible in order to protect vulnerable groups and make sure the healthcare system can cope. Thanks to people complying with the measures, the situation has improved. The figures show a positive trend and so we can move step by step towards having more freedom.

The government has started by relaxing restrictions at local or neighbourhood level. This has made our roads and public transport busier. In July, restrictions will be relaxed at regional level and after that at national level. First small gatherings are allowed, and later larger gatherings, so that everything remains as manageable and orderly as possible.

Each step can only be taken if the virus stays under control. This must be done with great care. If circumstances require, any decision to relax measures will be reversed.

Update 20th of May, 2020: The next step

Tackling coronavirus: the next step

As long as coronavirus remains under control, we will continue to move step by step towards having more freedom. As of 1 June the Netherlands will relax a few more measures. People will be able to do certain things together again.

Everyone must still follow these rules:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Use paper tissues to blow your nose and discard them after use.
  • Don’t shake hands with others.
  • Stay 1.5 metres (2 arms lengths) away from other people.
  • Take extra care if you are over 70 or have health issues.
  • Work from home if possible.
  • Stay at home if you have cold-like symptoms.
  • Avoid busy places. Leave if it is not possible to stay 1.5 metres apart.

The changes to measures as of 1 June are as follows:

Groups

  • People may meet outside as long as they remain 1.5 metres apart.
  • Buildings that are open to the public can admit up to 30 people at a time, not counting staff. Here, too, people must stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • People are strongly advised to still keep 1.5 metres apart from any visitors to their home –indoors, in gardens and on balconies.

Restaurants, bars and cafés - from 12.00

    Restaurants, bars and cafés can open under the following conditions:
  • a maximum of 30 guests (so not counting staff);
  • people must make a reservation;
  • everyone must stay 1.5 metres apart (except people who live together);
  • the business must assess possible health risks beforehand together with the customer.

There is no maximum number of people for outdoor seating areas, but all guests must sit at tables and people who do not live together must stay 1.5 metres apart.

Schools

  • Secondary schools will reopen on 2 June. Schools will take measures to ensure that everyone can keep 1.5 metres apart. In practice, this means that not all pupils can attend school at the same time. 
  • Secondary schools for special education will reopen for all pupils on 2 June. These schools will also take measures to ensure that everyone can keep a distance of 1.5 metres. This will require a tailored approach and maintaining a distance will not always be possible at this type of school.
  • Primary schools will be open their regular hours from 8 June, unless the research currently being carried out shows that this is not safe.
      • From 8 June children will be able to attend out-of-school care (BSO) on the days stated in the contract with the childcare provider.
      • From 8 June emergency childcare will be only available for children of parents who work evenings, nights or weekends in the healthcare sector (until 1 July). 
  • On 15 June schools for secondary vocational education (MBO), institutions for higher professional education (HBO) and universities will reopen to a limited extent for exams, practical training and to provide support to vulnerable students.

Cultural institutions – 1 June from 12.00

  • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can reopen under the following conditions:
      • a maximum of 30 audience members per auditorium;
      • people must make a reservation;
      • the venue must assess possible health risks beforehand together with the customer;
      • everyone must maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others.
  • Museums and heritage sites can reopen if people buy tickets in advance and the health risks are assessed beforehand. The maximum number of visitors depends on the building. People must stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • Schools of music and arts centres can admit up to 30 people to their buildings. People must stay 1.5 metres apart.

Public transport

  • Use public transport for essential travel only.
  • From 1 June passengers aged 13 and over will be required to wear a non-medical face mask on trams, buses, water buses, metros and trains. In stations, on platforms and at bus and tram stops face masks are not required, but people must stay 1.5 metres away from others.
  • Passengers who do not wear a face mask after 1 June can be fined €95.

Care homes

One care home in each GGD region is currently admitting a limited number of visitors under strict conditions. From 25 May the policy will be extended to more care homes. The government expects to be able to adapt the visiting policy for all care homes from 15 June.

Step by step

The Netherlands’ approach is aimed at keeping the virus under control as much as possible in order to protect vulnerable groups and make sure the healthcare system can cope. Thanks to people complying with the measures, the situation has improved. The figures show a positive trend and so we can move step by step towards having more freedom.

The government has started by relaxing restrictions at local or neighbourhood level. That has not made our roads and public transport much busier. Next, restrictions are being relaxed at regional level and finally at national level. First small gatherings are allowed, and later larger gatherings, so that everything remains as manageable and orderly as possible.

Each step can only be taken if the virus stays under control. This must be done with great care. If circumstances require, any decision to relax measures will be reversed.

Update 16th of May, 2020: Public toilets can open for day recreation

Public toilets can open for day recreation

Shared washing, toilet and shower facilities at campsites and holiday parks, and at parks, nature reserves and beaches, will be closed in the Netherlands until 1 July 2020. The emergency ordinance does allow public toilets to be opened without washing and shower facilities. This can prevent and fight pollution of the public space; people are prevented from doing their needs in public space.

For that reason, public toilet facilities may be opened for day-trippers in the Northern Netherlands from 14 May 2020. All washing and shower facilities must be kept closed. If there are both toilets and washing and shower facilities in one toilet block, only the toilets may be opened for day-trippers.

Both the managers and the day visitors of the toilets have the responsibility to always adhere to the generally applicable national measures: keep 1.5 meters away, avoid crowds, wash your hands often and stay home if you have complaints.

Opening toilets is a possibility; it is not an obligation for the owner, nor is it the user's right. The main thing must be whether the situation on the ground justifies opening the toilets. In practice, the opening will take place in phases because it must be done step by step because of the corona crisis.

When people on vacation come to spend the night, the regulation applies that the sanitary facilities must be able to be used separately per recreation unit; every household (for example a family or an individual) who comes to stay overnight must have their own separate sanitary facilities during the entire stay, which may only be used by that household. If the opening of toilets is used to allow overnight stays without private sanitary facilities, this can be enforced on the basis of the emergency ordinance.

Update 15th of May, 2020: Weekly price for # Smarterchilling still life

The #smartchilling weekly price - a gift voucher of 50 euros - goes to Max and Marnix, two friends from Assen. Together they have created a #smarterchilling. Through this photo they call young people on a hilariously way to #smarterchilling. 

The winning photo of the two friends from Drenthe shows a lot. You keep looking at it, and you will discover something new every time. For example, the photo contains two whiteboards full of mysterious scribbles and formulas. And one of the two boys absently strokes a white fake leopard. Both are dressed in protective clothing and of course keep a meter and a half away. The effort they made to implement this concept is rewarded with a 50 euro voucher. Thinking about what should be photographed, is on it's own a creative form of #smartchilling. 

Second place this week is for Amy. She has been messaging through a message in an bottle with her best friend since the Corona outbreak. A few times a week they write funny notes to each other. And when they meet when they pick up the mail, they chill in the grass. But at a distance of one and a half meters. Third place goes to Flore, who shows in a TikTok how she makes it very cozy in her own room. And then chill out.

One and a half meter society
#Smartchilling will continue to be necessary in the coming weeks, as measures to fight the corona virus will take a while. New entries are therefore more than welcome. Especially because we are not getting rid of the one and a half meter society anytime soon.

Would you also like to participate?
Do you also have an idea about how you can chill smarter, alone or with your friends, but safely? Then share your solution on TikTok and / or Instagram via #slimmerchillen, or send a contribution on film, photo or in text to info@slimmerchillen.nl. Who knows, maybe one of the following weekly prices is for you. Do you want to get inspiration first? View all entries on https://slimmerchillen.nl.

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Questions and answers

What is the difference with a lockdown and the current situation, given the stricter measures?

A lockdown is a very drastic measure that fortunately is not necessary at the moment. During a lockdown, both social and economic life comes to a standstill and the freedom of movement of all residents is limited. For more information, visit the website of Rijksoverheid.

The advice is to keep sufficient distance. But what exactly does this mean for our daily life?

You can go outside, do your groceries or walk the dog, but keep 1.5 meters (two arm lengths) away from each other whenever possible.

Can I still use public transport?

Yes, it is possible to use public transport. Public transport continues to operate and the stations are also open. You have to stay 1.5 meters (two arm lengths) away from others. From June 1st non medical facemasks are required on public transport. 

Stay home if you have any of the following symptoms: colds, sore throat, cough, and fever. In addition, the guidelines of the RIVM also apply in public transport:

Do you already have health problems? In that case, avoid public transport. If you urgently need to go somewhere, ask for help in your area or travel by taxi. Keep an eye on the website of Rijksoverheid for more information.

I have already booked a trip. Can this continue?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken) advises you not to travel abroad in the coming period, unless absolutely necessary. Holiday trips are therefore not recommended and from now on all countries will have at least an orange advise colour, which means: necessary travel only. This is not because of health aspects, but because of the impact that government measures can have on Dutch travelers. Read the advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the website of Rijksoverheid.

I am an entrepreneur and have some questions. Where can I ask these questions?

For questions about the corona virus, entrepreneurs can visit the website of Rijksoverheid. Entrepreneurs report to their lender for the extended credit schemes. Entrepreneurs can turn to the Belastingdienst Zakelijk for tax measures. In addition, the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel) has set up a Coronal des, KVK Coronaloket, for specific entrepreneurial questions. Is the answer to your question not here? Then call the KVK-team for advise on 0800 - 2117.

What are the long-term economic consequences?

The coronavirus outbreak has a major impact on the global, European and Dutch economies. Right now it is not possible to predict with certainty what this long-term impact will be. This depends on the speed with which the coronavirus comes under control in the Netherlands and abroad. For more information, visit the website of Rijksoverheid.

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What can you do?

People all around the Netherlands are being advised to work from home as much as you can, or spread your work times. Additionaly: stay at home whenever you have symptoms such as a cold, coughing, pain in your throat or fever. Dim your social contacts. Call your GP whenever your symptoms worsen.

It's always important to follow the measures:

Do you have a cold, cough, sore throat or fever?
Stay home, get sick and make sure you don't infect others. So keep your distance from other people. You don't have to call the doctor. Your complaints are mild.

Do you have serious complaints?
  • Like a fever (over 38 degrees Celsius) and you cough or breathe hard?

Then you can call the doctor. If the complaints are determined with COVID-19, you will no longer be tested as standard.

Do you have questions about the coronavirus?

Do you have any questions about the coronavirus? View the frequently asked questions and answers on the RIVM website or call the national information number 0800-1351.

Do you have questions about your own health? Call your doctor or GGD Fryslân on the phone number 088 22 99 333. We are available every working day from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.