LATEST FROM THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT SCHOOL CLOSURES ETC. On Sunday 15 March, the government took additional measures to tackle the corona virus. Schools and nurseries close until Monday April 6. The same applies to food and beverage outlets (not hotels) and sports and fitness clubs.
Minister Bruins (Medical Care) and Minister Slob (Primary and Secondary Education and Media) explained the measures (based on advice from RIVM) during a press meeting. The measures are:
Schools and nurseries close from Monday March 16 to Monday April 6. This concerns schools in primary education, secondary education and MBO.
Children of parents in care, the police, public transport and the fire brigade, for example, are provided with childcare in the school and the nursery, so that their parents can continue to work. This care is at no extra cost. Click here for a list of crucial professions .
Lecturers will organize distance education for children who are sitting at home, with priority for graduate students in secondary education and MBO.
All food and beverage outlets will be closed from Sunday March 15 6:00 PM to Monday April 6.
Sports and fitness clubs, saunas, sex clubs and coffee shops close from Sunday 15 March 6 p.m. to Monday 6 April.
Everyone in the Netherlands is asked to keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other where possible. Also when shopping for example.
All measures previously taken will be extended until Monday April 6.
Help for entrepreneurs
The cabinet is taking various measures to help entrepreneurs who are in danger of getting into trouble. For example, there is the working time reduction scheme, the tax authorities can grant deferment of payment and EZK extends the guarantee for small and medium-sized enterprises. Entrepreneurs in the catering or travel industry, for example, who experience problems because customers stay at home or if the business has to be closed temporarily, can therefore borrow money more easily. More information about the possibilities can be obtained by entrepreneurs from the advisory team of the Chamber of Commerce .