Press conference gives some relaxing Corona measures

Minister Rutha announced in a press conference what will happen with all the measures.

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 government 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.

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.

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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. Professional students can also take a theory test, for non-professional students, work is still being done on how to safely do it again ASAP.

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.


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 pursue practical classes and adult education in the exam year will be exempt from curfews from March 3.

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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. Previously specified exceptions to this ban for some groups of travelers, including medical personnel, 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.

For current measures and assistance read also: Corona Oisterwijk information

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