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Amsterdam Coronavirus Lockdown Measures Relaxed

Here’s What is Open in Amsterdam

Dam square in Amsterdam during the Coronavirus pandemic
Amsterdam’s famous Dam Square during the height of the ‘Intelligent Lockdown.’ Instead of the usual crowd of tourists a few locals are practicing their social distancing skills. © Photo Copyright: DutchAmsterdam.com

Amsterdam, July 2, 2020 — In Amsterdam many of the remaining coronavirus rules were lifted or changed as of July 1.

The social distancing rule remains the norm: keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres (5 feet) between yourself and non-family members.

The other basic COVID-19 rules remain in force as well:

The Basic COVID-19 Rules

  • Avoid crowds
  • Work from home if at all possible
  • Keep a distance of 1,5 metres (5 feet) between yourself and others (except if they are members of your household)
  • If you have any health issues, such as a cold or flu, stay at home. If you are short of breath and/or have a fever other members of your household must also stay at home.
  • Wash your hands. Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow. Use paper tissues and toss them into a bin right-away.

Additional rules:

  • Don’t shake hands, hug, or kiss with non-family members
  • When traveling on public transport, wearing a (non-medical) face mask is mandatory.

Travel to the Netherlands

The EU-wide entry ban for non-essential travel was lifted on June 15, 2020. Tourists and others from EU and Schengen countries can travel to the Netherlands. The UK will be treated as part of the EU until the end of the year, says the EU Council.

During your stay you must observe the Netherlands’ rules designed to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Approved Countries

As of July 1 the EU has also approved visitors from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Chinese travelers will be allowed to visit only if and when China grants reciprocal access to China for EU visitors.

Travel Ban

The ban on travelers from the United States and most other countries has been extended beyond July 1. That is due to the status of the Coronavirus pandemic in those countries — as well as the way the COVID-19 situation is being handled.

The list of banned and approved countries will be reevaluated and updated every 14 days.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol remained open during the lockdown.

When traveling to and from Schiphol by airplane you must complete and hand in a health declaration.

Public transport to and from the Amsterdam airport is up and running.

One and a Half Meter Society

We better get used to the one and a half meter society as soon as possible, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said last April.

He was referring to the basic rule that people keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) away from non-family members.

The Dutch term is anderhalvemetersamenleving. (By the way, the Dutch find this rule very ongezellig).

Public Transport

Public transport in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam region is operating at full capacity. However, people are still asked to avoid using it if at all possible.

Note: All passengers age 13 and over must wear a mask while boarding, during the entire trip, and while deboarding. The mask must cover your nose and mouth.

If you fail to wear a mask, or if you do not wear it properly, you risk being removed from the vehicle. You also risk a €95 ($106 | £85) fine fine.

The reason for wearing a mask when riding the bus, tram, metro, or ferry is that the 1.5 metre social distancing rule is impossible to observe while on board.

Another rule is that all passengers must be seated, except when using the ferries.

Masks are required on board of trains as well.

Taxis, Touringcars, Coaches

You need to make a reservation, and agree to be quizzed about your health. You must wear a mask covering your nose and mouth while boarding, during the trip, and while exiting the vehicle.

Social distancing in Amsterdam: the one and a half metre society
Practicing the ‘anderhalvemetersamenleving’ (one and a half metre society) social distancing rule in Amsterdam. A view across the river IJ toward Amsterdam Central Station. © Photo Copyright: DutchAmsterdam

Indoor Events

This includes Horeca: Hotels, Restaurants, Cafés — the catering industry.

There can be a maximum of 100 walk-in customers (in addition to personnel) per room — as long as the 1.5 metre social distance rule can be observed. Seating is compulsory. That means, no standing around at the bar or in groups, and no milling around.

However, if seating is by reservation only, and patrons agree to a health check prior to their visit, there is no maximum number of patrons.

In shops, museums and libraries there is no maximum number of people, but the 1.5 metre rule still applies.

Theaters, cinemas, and concert halls can receive as many visitors as they can seat while observing the 1.5 metre (5 feet) social distancing rule. No walk-in customers. Seats must be reserved in advance.

Outdoor Events

Here too the 1.5 metre (5 feet) rule applies. Cafe terraces can ditch the 1.5 metre rule if there are protective screens between the tables.

A maximum of 250 attendants, exclusive of personnel. All customers must remain seated. No standing and no milling around.

No maximum number of people under the following conditions: you must make a reservation and agree to a health check in advance. Seating is still compulsory.

Note that the city has allowed a number of cafes throughout the city to set up collective temporary terraces in places where they are normally not allowed.

Café Hans en Grietje at Spiegelgracht 27 in Amsterdam.
The outdoor terrace of Café Hans en Grietje, at Spiegelgracht 27 in Amsterdam. The tables and seating arrangements allow for the proper 1.5 metre (5 feet) social distancing rule. This is one of our favorite spots for a cold beer and nice food. Just a few minutes from Rijksmuseum. Photo credit: DutchAmsterdam.nl

Nightclubs and Discotheques

These venues remain closed until at least September 1, 2020.

Sex Workers

Sex workers are allowed to ply their trade. The one and a half meter rule does not apply. However, the workers are obligated to do a health check.

Incidentally, the Red Light District was deserted during the lockdown. While tourists are returning to the Netherlands, it appears both locals and tourists alike are still taking a ‘better safe than sorry’ approach.

In other words, it’s probably safer to visit a museum.

What is a health check?

You’ll be asked a few question regarding your health. These questions can be asked verbally, on paper, or via a computer or app.

Typical questions include:

  • Do you have a cold?
  • Do you have a fever?
  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Do you have runny nose
  • Do you have a persistent cough or sneezing fits?
  • Are you short of breath?
  • Does someone in your household have a fever?
  • Does someone in your household have shortness of breath?

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Last updated: Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 1:39 PM, Central European Time (CET)   
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