Dutch government tightens corona measures in response to rising infections

3 November 2021

The number of coronavirus infections has risen rapidly in recent weeks. A growing number of COVID-19 patients are being admitted to hospital and the number of patients in the ICU is increasing. The Dutch government wants to keep society open safely and is introducing additional measures to slow down the spread of the virus and free-up space in hospitals.


In general, everyone must continue to follow basic safety rules to prevent the spread of infection. This includes staying home and getting tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms and avoiding contact with others if you do test positive. Maintain a 1.5 metres distance from others, don't shake hands, and wash your hands regularly. Be sure to cough and sneeze into your elbow. Ensure fresh air flow in indoor spaces.  

Work and Travel 

The government is tightening advice for working from home. From 3 November 2021, the recommendation is to worat least half of your hours from home rather than the office. If it is necessary to go to the office or on a trip during your leisure time, then avoid peak rush hour and busy areas. 

Mandatory face masks 

From 6 November, face masks will be mandatory again in all indoor public buildings that do not require coronavirus entry passes. This includes: 

  • Supermarkets and shops 
  • Libraries, play and gaming venues 
  • Railway stations and airports 
  • Colleges and universities when moving locations 

In addition, masks must be worn again in contact professions, where necessary, such as at the hairdressers. Face masks remain compulsory in taxis and on public transport. There is a fine of €95 for those who do not wear a mask in the required areas.  

Coronavirus entry passes required at more locations 

From 6 November, coronavirus entry passes will be extended to cover more locations. Individuals must show their personal QR code and a valid form of ID to ensure they have recovered from COVID-19, have been vaccinated or have tested negative within 24 hours. Coronavirus entry passes will be required at: 

  • Cafes and restaurants, including outdoor terraces 
  • Casinos, theatres, music venues and cinemas 
  • Museums and places with a flow of visitors 
  • Supporters at sports events (over 18) 
  • Organized sports activities including gyms, group lessons, football and swimming
  • Music and painting lessons, choirs and theatre rehearsals 

Booster vaccines

Individuals over the age of 80 will be offered a booster vaccine from December. Residents in nursing homes as well as healthcare workers with direct contact to patients will also be offered a booster shot next month. People aged 60-80 will receive an invitation for a booster vaccination from January onwards.  

Looking ahead at future measures

The government is preparing rules for the future if the rising trend in infections cannot be slowed. These include granting employers the right to ask their staff for a coronavirus check and to introduce the coronavirus entry passes at other locations where large numbers of people visit daily (such as non-essential shops, zoos and amusement parks) 

The situation will be assessed again next week and a new press conference will be held on November 12. 


For more information about new Covid-19 measures visit the government website.