Basic rules

Everyone in the Netherlands abides by these basic rules:

  • Always maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others, except from those in your own household
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid crowds: if you see that it is becoming difficult to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others, turn around and come back at a later time.
  • Stay in your accommodation if you have any symptoms such as colds, shortness of breath and/or fever and call 0800-1202 to have yourself tested. In the case of symptoms such as shortness of breath and fever, the whole group must remain in the holiday accommodation.
  • Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, such as supermarkets and shops
  • Are you travelling by public transport? Wear a non-medical face mask. It is compulsory for everyone aged 13 years and older to wear a face mask in a tram, (water)bus, metro and train.
  • No more than 2 people can form a group. This does not include children under the age of 13. This means that a single household or 2 people (maximum) – excluding children.

Additional rules

Rules for groups

Outside homes, no more than 2 people can go somewhere or do something together, not counting children under 13.

This applies to all areas that are accessible to the public, indoors and outdoors.

There are allowed to be more than 2 people in a group if all people in the group live at the same address.

The consequences of not complying with the regulations

If it gets too crowded somewhere, for example in villages along the coast, the access roads may be closed and it may no longer be possible to travel to this location.  

If you do not comply with the corona regulations, you also risk a fine, for example if you do not wear a fase mask in indoor public spaces or public transport.

More information about the Dutch corona measures

Corona measures in the Netherlands

At various places in the Netherlands specific rules apply, for example at a campsite, hotel or shop. The current rules can be found here. Keep an eye on to see if the situation and measures change. 

Hotels, holiday parks and campsites

Many hotels, holiday parks and campsites have information on their websites about how they deal with the effects of the corona virus. Check this information before you leave so that you know what to expect.  

Outdoor seating areas at restaurants and cafés to partially reopen

Outdoor seating areas at restaurants and cafés may be open from 12:00 to 18:00, under certain conditions. Each establishment may have a maximum of 50 guests. Each guest must be assigned a seat. Self-service is not allowed. No more than 2 people may be seated at a table, sitting 1.5 metres apart. However, this limit does not apply if everyone at the table is part of the same household or if the party includes children under 13. Visitors can go indoors only to pay, use the cloakroom or go to the toilet. Face masks must be worn indoors. 

These conditions will be relaxed further in the next steps of the reopening plan.

Shops and markets to reopen

All shops may admit customers without an appointment. Certain conditions still apply, such as a limit on the number of shoppers allowed inside at the same time. It’s still important to avoid busy places, so go to the shops at quiet times, such as early in the morning. And go alone if possible. Shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothes shops, can be open between 6:00 and 20:00. Supermarkets and other shops selling essential goods may operate in accordance with their usual opening hours. Wearing a face mask in shops is still compulsory.

Non-food articles, like clothing and cosmetics, may again be sold at general markets.

Swimming pools

Indoor pools are closed. In some towns outdoor pools may be open.

What is closed?

Because of the corona virus some companies, organisations or facilities are closed at this time.

  • Nightclubs, dance bars and discotheques
  • Restaurants, bars and cafes
  • Cultural institutions such as theatres, museums and cinemas.
  • Zoos, amusement parks, etc.
  • Indoor sports facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, saunas and spas

Explore the undiscovered places in our region

At you will find all there is to do and experience in our region.  When choosing an activity, take into account the corona measures: avoid crowded places and consider in advance whether it will be possible to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from others. You will find some inspiration below. 

Happy places in Schagen

Take a walking or cycling tour through the places that the inhabitants of Schagen have named as their happy places. At each place, you will discover a special story and get three tips for happiness.

Skyline walk - Hoorn

The town of Hoorn is situated on the water and was very prosperous during the seventeenth century. Its location on the Hoornse Hop provides a beautiful rounded skyline that you can see during a walk over the dike. Admire the compelling architecture of the theatre, the city beach development and the iconic Sterflats. 

Former Wadden Island Wieringen

A unique hilly area with historic farms, winding roads and beautiful views over the Wadden Sea.

Nature in the Hollands Kroon area

Go walking, cycling or boating through one of the beautiful nature reserves of the Hollands Kroon area. You could consider, for example, one of the following recreational areas:

  • The Dijkgats forest in Wieringermeer
  • The Robbenoord forest in Wieringermeer
  • The Zuiderstrand beach in Den Oever
  • The Amstelmeer lake in Westerland op Wieringen
  • The Slootdorper forest in Slootdorp
  • The Kruiszwin nature reserve in Anna Paulowna
  • The Waard canal in Wieringerwaard/Nieuwesluis


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