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.
  • 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.
  • Provide fresh air. Fresh air helps to limit the transmission of the virus. Make sure that your accommodation is regularly aired, for example by always leaving a window open.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Additional rules

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 1.5 metres distance rule, you risk a fine.

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, restaurants and cafés are open

Outdoor seating areas, restaurants and cafés may be open from 06:00 to 00:00, under certain conditions. This also applies to locations that were previously closed, such as sports canteens, cinemas, cultural institutions and party locations. Registration and a health check are required. Each guest must be assigned a seat. This may also be a seat at the bar. Visitors keep 1,5 meters away from each other. For outdoors, keeping a distance of 1.5 meters with cough screens is not mandatory. Self-service and take away is allowed.

Shops and markets are open

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus it’s important to follow the rules below when you shop or do your groceries shopping.

  • Wash your hands before and after shopping.
  • Keep 1.5 meters away from others and give each other space.
  • Pay as much as possible with pin or contactless.
  • Stores may receive a maximum of 1 customer per 5 m2.

Swimming pools, theme parks and zoos are open

At indoor locations and locations where people mainly have an assigned seat, such as casinos, wellness and gaming locations, registration and a health check in advance is mandatory. Both indoor and outdoor pools are open, as are the changing rooms, showers and saunas.

Cultural venues such as museums, theaters and cinemas open again

Visitors keep 1,5 meters away from each other. This means that not every seat can be occupied in a theater or cinema. Registration and a health check in advance are mandatory for locations where people have a permanent seat, such as cinemas and theatres.

What is closed?

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

  • Nightclubs, dance bars and discotheques

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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