More air gently while closed | New release

Press release 23-02-2021 | 19:22

Aura scales require a lot of stamina, both physically and mentally. The longer the crisis continues, the more severe the crisis will be for everyone. The social, societal and economic impacts of the epidemic accumulate significantly after year.

The Cabinet continues to pay attention to the protection of people who suffer 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. The third wave appears inevitable.

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 conditions: 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 shopping Appointment road.


Starting from March 1, High School and MBO will partially open their doors again. In practice, this means that all high school students attend school at least one day a week under certain conditions. For MBO students, one day per week applies for now. 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 the field of education could already have taken the test as a matter of priority, and that will continue to be the case.

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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 with communication professions, such as hairdressers and masseuses, can resume their careers from March 3. Reservations are required and there should be an examination of complaints. It is important to wear a mouth mask and stay 1.5 meters away where possible.

The extension also applies to driving instructors. This means people can take driving lessons again starting March 3 and everyone can take the practical test. As for the theory exams, work is now being made on how to safely conduct these exams as quickly as possible.

Moreover, hygiene and stay-at-home measures also apply in case you file a complaint.

Sex workers are not yet allowed to practice their profession.

Outdoor sports

Starting March 3, people up to the age of 26 can work out with more than two people at the sports accommodations. Not in the competition context, but with your team within your own club. Previously, this was only possible for young people up to 17 years old.

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. Clients must register 4 hours in advance. The visit takes at least 10 minutes. This is to prevent communications between rapidly rotating clients. Of course, basic rules continue to be applied, such as the duty to hide the mouth, a distance of 1.5 meters, hygiene procedures and stay at home in case of complaints. This may offer some solutions, especially for smaller stores.

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

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

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 and 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. The 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 government will take stock of necessary measures from March 16th.

More attention to compliance with basic rules

The risks we take with extensions require extra attention to comply with ground 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 to keep a distance of 1.5 meters and avoid crowding. Testing and staying home with only mild complaints and having tested positive with quarantined housemates is also important, especially now. This way we get the aura under control and get a step-by-step larger area.

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Read the measures that apply until March 2, 2021 at a briefing.

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