Coronavirus update: New national measures announced

Coronavirus update: New national measures announced

Coronavirus update: New national measures announced

At the press conference on Tuesday, October 13, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Hugo de Jonge announced additional coronavirus measures for the whole of the Netherlands, which will come into effect at 10pm on Wednesday, October 14. 

The measures will be in place for (at least) four weeks. De Jonge stated that if these new measures were not followed, or if they were not effective, then a complete lockdown would be unavoidable. 

Speaking at the press conference, Rutte said the aim of the new measures was to limit social contact and movement. He stated that the responsibility of limiting the spread of the virus belonged to everyone in the Netherlands ("het is aan ons allemaal").

Coronavirus measures for the Netherlands

 Rutte announced that schools in the Netherlands would remain open.

General measures

  • Work from home as much as possible
  • Limit travel as much as possible (only travel when absolutely necessary)
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Maximum of three household guests per day (excl. children under 13)
  • Maximum group size of four when meeting outside (if not of the same household, also excl. children under 13)
  • Maximum 30 people for indoor areas where people are seated
  • Maintain 1,5-metre distance (even when wearing a mask)
  • Ban on events (i.e. funfairs, open-air concerts)

Catering industry and shops

  • All bars and restaurants to close (open for take-away)
  • Coffee shops to close - open for take-away until 8pm
  • Sale of alcohol banned after 8pm
  • Consumption of alcohol in public banned after 8pm
  • Late-night shopping is cancelled - enforced closing time of 8pm for shops (not supermarkets)
  • Hotels can stay open, and can keep their eateries open to feed their guests

Rutte announced that the rule already in place to ensure shops monitor the number of customers in their shop at one time will be more strictly enforced. He also said that, if a shop fails to stick to the rules, it can be closed immediately without warning.


  • Gyms and fitness clubs to stay open
  • Swimming pools and saunas to stay open
  • Amateur sport for those over the age of 18 - max. four people rule applies (i.e. running group of four people is allowed to continue)
  • Amateur sport for children under the age of 18 can continue, but all competitions and matches are cancelled, changing rooms and showers to close
  • No spectators allowed
  • Sports cafeterias to stay closed


Prime Minister Rutte emphasised the importance of the colour-coded system currently in place when travelling abroad. He asked the public not to travel anywhere that was coded orange or red. He also reminded anyone going on holiday within the Netherlands that the rule of four would also apply to the travelling party, and asked people not to do too many small trips away from their accommodation when travelling.

Face masks

The discussion for mandatory face masks is ongoing. Rutte stated that he would carry out the necessary legal steps to introduce a mandatory face mask rule. The rule will apply to all indoor public areas, i.e. shops, schools, and cinemas. Rutte reiterated the current urgent advice to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces. 

Coronavirus law

The Dutch government’s coronavirus-law has passed through the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer). The law was first presented in the spring, and aims to provide a stronger legal basis for coronavirus measures. In Tuesday afternoon’s vote, an overwhelming majority voted in favour of the law. Now, the law must face a vote in the Senate (Eerste Kamer). 

Victoria Séveno


Victoria Séveno

Victoria grew up in Amsterdam, before moving to the UK to study English and Related Literature at the University of York and completing her NCTJ course at the Press Association...

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morovian 21:42 | 13 October 2020

All this is entirely based upon the highly unreliable PCR test which the inventor, Dr. Kary Mullis, clearly stated cannot be used to detect a viral infection. Given the nature of the test, it produces 89% - 96% false positives, depending on the cycles of amplification it is set at, but this flaw is no accident. "Dr. Mike Yeadon, a former Chief Science Officer of infectious disease for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, says “there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen.” He further stated that false positive results from unreliable COVID tests are being used to manufacture a “second wave” based on “new cases.” He said that, based on death rates and hospitalization, “the pandemic is fundamentally over.” He wrote a paper with two colleagues and stated that lockdowns have made no difference in infection rate outcomes, but the lockdowns are the cause of economic devastation. In Germany, an organization of 500 German doctors and scientists has formed, who say that government response to the COVID virus has been vastly out of proportion to the actual severity of the disease. Charts based on European CDC data show the disparity between the number of claimed COVID cases compared COVID death rates make it obvious that politicians, health officials and the media are lying about COVID being an emergency that requires lockdowns and other tyrannical policies."

juuhjooh2 22:41 | 13 October 2020


morovian 23:11 | 13 October 2020

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