The opening of museums, cinemas and more

29 May 2021

Less people are being admitted in the hospital with COVID-19, while the number of people who has received a vaccine is rising fast. Government has therefore decided to continue with step 3 of the reopening plan on 5 June.

The following corona measures are being lifted or adjusted as of 5 June:

  • Home visits 
    According to the new advice, you are allowed to receive a maximum of 4 visitors per day. Always wash your hands and keep 1.5 metres distance to those not belonging yo your household. 
  • Group size outdoors
    The maximum group size outdoors will be increased to 4 people, who are at 1.5 metres distance of each other. 
  • Working from home
    Working from home remains the standard. You are allowed to meet up with people from your team for the purpose of training and development. 
  • Large venues
    The maximum number of visitors in one space is 50, at a distance of 1.5 metres apart. Large venues with 1,000 seats or more, however, may admit up to 250 visitors, 1.5 metres apart. This applies to all large indoor and outdoor venues like indoor arenas, open-air theatres and concert halls. 
  • Cultural venues
    Museums and historic buildings are allowed to open their indoor spaces again. Per 10 square metres, 1 visitor is allowed. Cinemans, music venues and theaters can open their doors again under certain conditions, such as a health check and fixed seats. Reservations can be made for up to 4 people. Per room, there is a maximum of 50 visitors on 1.5 metres distance. Large rooms with a capacity of 1000 or more fixed seats are an exeption, they are allowed to have 250 visitors in 1 room at 1.5 metres distance. This limit does not include staff. 
  • Art and culture 
    Practicing arts and culture in groups, such as orchestras, is allowed again. A maximum of 50 people applies, excluding a teacher, and having an audience is not allowed. People do not have to stay 1.5 metres from one another during rehearsals if this is not possible.
  • Recreation
    Indoor spaces of amusementparks and zoos are allowed to open again. Casinos, play and recreational facilities (for example, laser gaming venues), saunas and spas may also reopen. The maximum number of visitors will be limited to 1 person per 10 square metres or up to 50 people in one space and 1.5 metres apart. 
  • Sports
    Adults are allowed to sport again in groups of maximum 50 people, where, if the sport requires so, the 1.5 metres distance can be disregarded. Competitions are allowed again for children up to 17 years. Dressing rooms will open again, as will sport cantines. 
  • Restaurants, cafés and bars
    The indoor seating areas of restaurants and cafes may open again between 6:00 and 22:00. There is a maximum of 4 people per table, who keep 1.5 metres distance apart. Excluding personnel, 50 people are allowed to be seated indoors and outdoors. Restaurants and cafés can serve dinner in a maximum of two sittings per table per evening. Self-service is not allowed. Entertainment such as live performances or television screens showing sporting events are also not permitted. 
  • Alcohol sale
    Between 22:00 and 6:00, it is not allowed to sell alcoholic drinks. 
  • Shops
    All shops may open again according to their regular opening hours and are allowed to have 1 costumer per 10 square metre.  


Coronavirus entry passes

Government has decided to introduce coronavirus entry passes. Restaurants, cultural institutions and organizers of professional sporting competitions can choose to use this system. When they do so, they are allowed to receive as many guests as would fit in their establishment while every guest keeps 1.5 metres distance. 

For more information on this system, have a look on the government's website (in Dutch). 

Next steps reopening plan

Government has changed the steps of the reopening plan. The fourth step is now planned for 30 June; the rules for house visits and group sizes will be adjusted, events that do not have fixed seats, such as festivals, are allowed again. On 22 June, government will decide if they will continue with this step. 

Basic rules

Keep in mind to still follow the basic rules, even when you have been vaccinated:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay 1.5 metres apart
  • If you have symptoms, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible 

For more information on the measures announced during the press conference, visit the government's website.
For more COVID-19 information, visit our webpage