Update coronavirus

On this page you can find the current information about the measures that apply in Haarlem because of the corona virus. The most important (general) measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are shown in the video of the National Government at the bottom of this page. In summary, these are the measures we all follow:

  • Keep 1.5 meters distance
  • Stay away from crowded places
  • Sneeze and cough in the inside of your elbow
  • Wash your hands often and thorough
  • Do you have a cold? Then stay home!
  • Work from home as much as possible
  • Don't shake hands
  • People over 70 or people with frail health are extra careful

The measures below are in line with the information published by the RIVM and the Dutch National Government.

Update measures - Kennemerland region - Based on the press conference (April 13)

The following rules apply during the lockdown

A curfew applies throughout the Netherlands from Saturday 23 January. This means that everyone has to stay indoors between 10 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. Check the website of the government for exemptions and other specifics about the curfew.

Rules for everyday life

  • Stay at home as much as possible. Also during the holidays.
  • Work at home. Only go to work when you have to.
  • People who work in healthcare are allowed to continue working.
  • A maximum of 2 people may be together outside, or all people who belong to 1 household. Children up to and including 12 years are not included.
  • Receive only 1 person at home. Children up to and including 12 years are not included.

Rules for shopping and entertainment

  • Ordering and pick-up at stores is possible.
  • Theaters and cinemas are closed.
  • Hairdressers, beauticians and nail salons are open.
  • Tattoo shops and sex establishments are closed.
  • Saunas and casinos are closed.
  • Hotels are open for overnight stays.
  • The restaurants in hotels are closed.
  • Supermarkets are open. The bakery, butcher and other shops for food and drinks are also open.
  • Drugstores, pharmacies, opticians, hearing care professionals and shops for repair and maintenance may also remain open.
  • Hardware stores are open for takeout.
  • Places where you can pick up and send parcels may remain open.
  • Banks remain open.
  • Government organizations remain open.
  • Libraries remain open to collect books.


  • Stores may receive 2 customers by appointment.
  • As of March 16, one customer per 25 square meters of retail space.
  • A maximum of 2 customers may be simultaneously per floor.
  • Customers must be in the store for at least 10 minutes to prevent them from taking turns and coming into contact with each other too quickly.
  • Customers must report 4 hours before a visit.

Click & collect
From February 10, people can order and collect items from shops.
There are strict rules for this:

  • You order from home, online or by phone;
  • The collection point at the store is outside;
  • You can only pick up items in a certain time slot;
  • You collect your belongings on your own;
  • There is a minimum of 4 hours between ordering and collection.

Rules for sports

  • Sports are allowed alone or together with 1 other person.
  • From March 16 sports with a maximum of 4 people is allowed at a distance of 1.5 meters.
  • Sports are only allowed outside.
  • All gyms are closed.
  • Competitions are prohibited. This applies to everyone from 18 years and older.
  • Children up to and including 17 years old are allowed to play outside in larger teams. Or play outside matches with teams from their own club.
  • People up to the age of 26 are allowed to exercise outside together with their own team within the club.
  • Sports canteens are closed.
  • Changing rooms and showers are closed.
  • No audience is allowed to come and watch.
  • Top athletes in top competitions are allowed to train and play matches.

Rules for travel

  • Only travel by public transport if necessary.
  • People who work in healthcare are allowed to continue working.
  • Do not book a trip abroad.
  • Do not travel abroad.

People who come to the Netherlands must have 2 negative corona tests:

  • a "regular" test that is not older than 72 hours;
  • a quick test which is taken shortly before departure.

Rules for schools

  • Universities will teach remotely.
  • Secondary schools and secondary vocational education will be open again from 1 March.
  • Primary schools are open.
  • There are exceptions for vulnerable students.
  • Practical education may continue at school.
  • Classes for exam students continue.
  • Exams continue.
  • Childcare is open.
  • Out-of-school care is closed.

There is emergency shelter for children of parents with a crucial profession. For example if the parents work in a hospital. Or be a teacher.


Stay at home if you feel unwell, wash your hands often, and keep your distance from other people in public. Together we can slow down the spread of Covid-19. 

If you’re in Haarlem and you have questions about coronavirus symptoms you may have, please call the Dutch health line (GGD) on 0800-1202 or 00 31 850 659 063. The support line is answered and staffed by medical personnel.

You'll find information on Dutch healthcare for visitors on government.nl (Emergency information from Dutch authorities)