Minor relaxation measures during lockdown

The Hague 02/23/2021 – Outgoing Prime Minister Rota and Health Minister De Jong announced some easing during the lockdown Tuesday evening.

Aura scales demand a lot from everyone’s stamina, both physically and mentally. The longer the crisis continues, the more difficult it will be for everyone. The social, societal and economic impacts of the epidemic accumulate significantly after year. The Cabinet will continue to pay attention to the protection of people suffering from poor health and to keep health care available. The British Alternative ensures that the number of infections per day decreases in less than a few weeks, or even increases.

At the same time, the stage is now a bit more risky, in a limited and well-thought-out way. The closures and curfews will remain in effect at least until March 15, but high schools and secondary vocational education will partially reopen from March 1. In addition, from March 3, the Cabinet will allow the following extensions under certain circumstances: Young people up to the age of 26 can play sports together abroad again in sports facilities, contact professions may be practiced again and retail may be open to time shopping .


Starting from March 1, high school education and MBO will partially open their doors again. In practice, this means that all high school students attend school at least one day per week. One day a week applies to MBO students. As with primary education, the Cabinet intends not to shut down secondary education and MBO anymore.

It is imperative that schools and parents do everything they can to limit the number of contacts as much as possible. Those working in education could have already tested it as a priority and this will remain so.

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The out-of-school care (out-of-school care) will remain closed, as this leads to additional contact between students from different schools.

Communication professions

People who have communication professions, such as hairdressers and masseuses, are allowed to practice their profession again from March 3. Reservation and registration are mandatory, and complaints must be examined. It is important to wear a mouth mask and stay 1.5 meters away as possible.

The extension also applies to driving instructors. This means that from March 3, people can take driving lessons again and everyone can take the practical test. Professional students can also take a theoretical exam, for non-professional students, work is still being done on how to safely do it again ASAP.

Moreover, hygiene and stay-at-home measures are in place in case of complaints.

Sex workers are not yet allowed to have sex.

Outdoor sports

Starting March 3, people up to the age of 26 can work out with more than two people in sports facilities. Not in the competition context, but with your own team. Previously this was possible only for young people up to 17 years old. While doing sports, there is no need to go 1.5 meters away.

Shopping by appointment

Starting March 3, stores may receive customers by scheduling an appointment. A maximum of two customers can be in the store at the same time on each floor. Customers must register 4 hours in advance. The visit takes at least 10 minutes. This is to prevent communications between quickly rotating clients. Of course, the basic rules continue to be applied, such as the duty to hide the mouth, 1.5 meters distance, hygiene measures and stay at home in the event of a complaint. This may offer some solutions, especially for smaller stores.

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The curfew will be extended until March 15, 4:30 a.m.

Due to the curfew, it is still forbidden to go outside from 9 PM to 4:30 AM. Conditions remain the same. Students and teachers who pursue practical classes and adult education during the exam year will be exempt from curfew from March 3.

A negative PCR test remains mandatory for travelers from high-risk areas

Flying is prohibited

To reduce the risk of spreading virus mutations, a flight ban was announced on January 23 for passenger flights from the United Kingdom, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. In any case, this ban will be extended until Thursday, March 4. The Cabinet asked OMT for advice on the (partial or otherwise) extension of this ban. Previously specified exceptions to this ban for some groups of travelers, including medical staff, also remain in effect.


The purpose of closing is to get as few contacts as possible. Because the fewer contacts, the fewer infections. So, stay and work at home as much as possible, and only go out to buy groceries, (medical) care for yourself, others or animals, breathe fresh air and education or work if this is not possible at home. If you receive visitors, please have a maximum of 1 guest aged 13 or over per day. Also, do not visit any place more than once a day.

On Monday, March 8, the Cabinet will take stock of the necessary measures from March 16.

More attention to compliance with basic rules

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The risks we take through mitigation require more attention Adhere to the basic rules. This applies to hygiene rules such as washing hands, sneezing into the elbow, and wearing a mouth mask when necessary. And also the rules for keeping a distance of 1.5 meters and avoiding crowds. Also Tests at Stay home with mild complaints and after a positive test Isolation with roommates is important now. This way we get the aura under control and get more space step by step.

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